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Key Takeaways

  • Chief Justice, NV Ramana, pushed for complete financial autonomy of judiciary' by the establishment of the National Judicial Infrastructure Authority (NJIA) of India.
  • He has sent a proposal for NJIA to the Ministry of Law. In his speech he urged the Minister to expedite the process, and ensure the proposal is brought up in the upcoming Winter Session of the Parliament.
  • “Good infrastructure improves access to justice, and essential to this is financial autonomy.”
  • “The country suffers the impact of late justice in its GDP and FDI. An adequate infrastructure could fill this gap.”

Overview

  • Speaking at theInaugural Function of 'B' & 'C' Wings of the High Court Annex Building of Bombay High Court, Bench at Aurangabad, Chief Justice of India, NV Ramana, pushed for complete financial autonomy of judiciary' by the establishment of the National Judicial Infrastructure Authority (NJIA) of India.
  • He observed that good judicial infrastructure for courts in India has always been an 'afterthought', and if we want a “different outcome from the judicial system we cannot continue work in these circumstances.” Integral to this is financial autonomy.
  • He has sent a proposal for NJIA to the Ministry of Law. In his speech he urged the Minister to expedite the process, and ensure the proposal is brought up in the upcoming Winter Session of the Parliament.
  • “Good infrastructure improves access to justice and to meet the demands of the public, which is becoming more aware of its rights.”
  • He reminded people that the need for a court complex at Aurangabad was identified in 2011.He found it worrisome that it had taken over 10 years for the vision to be implemented.
  • He did not blame any institution, but found that it was a deep-rooted structural issue.
  • “Only an effective judiciary can aid in effective growth of the economy. The country suffers the impact of late justice in its GDP and FDI. An adequate infrastructure could fill this gap.”
  • Additionally, he addressed the taboo that is surrounded around approaching the court. “A common man is likely to face legal issues in his life, and he should not be hesitant in approaching the court. The court is an essential institution that guarantees justice.”

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  • Why is good infrastructure important for the judiciary?

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