CJI: Important to simplify litigation process, making it citizen centric

New Delhi, Nov 26 (IANS) Chief Justice of India D.Y. Chandrachud on Saturday said it is important to simplify the litigation process and make it “citizen centric”, adding judges must also reflect upon the Constitutional vision of securing justice, equality, and liberty.

The Chief Justice, speaking at the Constitution Day celebrations at the Supreme Court, said: “We have been adopting technology to improve the working of courts. It is of supreme importance and necessity that courts are remodelled to reach out to people instead of people reaching out to courts in their quest for justice.

“All judges across courts in India, ranging from district courts to the Supreme Court must reflect upon the constitutional vision of securing justice, equality and liberty,” he said.

He added that to ensure that courts reach out to people, “it is essential that the process of litigation is simplified and made citizen centric”.

The Chief Justice emphasised that it is important that representation of marginalised communities and women in the legal profession and judiciary is increased.

“There is a need for us to introspect on our actions and decisions and to question our own prejudices and preconceptions. For, until we open our minds to multiple views of persons with varied lived experiences, we would be lacking in our roles as judges,” said the Chief Justice.

He said the district judiciary is the first interface of people with the judicial system and it is necessary that it is strengthened and supported.

“The district judiciary must be lifted from the mindset of being a subordinate judiciary,” he said.

He added that in a nation as large and diverse as India, the “paramount challenge” the judiciary faces as an institution is to ensure that the justice delivery system is accessible to everyone.

The Chief Justice said the judiciary’s engagement with technology gained prevalence during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the infrastructure should not be dismantled rather be built upon.

He said: “I will earnestly request the chief justices of high courts to ensure that the technological infrastructure, on which public funds have been spent, is not dismantled but strengthened further.”

He said technology must be augmented with institutional reforms to resolve the chief issue of access to justice.

“Our endeavour is to enhance access to justice. This must not be understood in terms of enriching the experience of those who are already in possession of access but by reaching out to those groups and communities that are denied basic rights,” he said.

The Chief Justice said though the Supreme Court is located on Tilak Marg, “the Supreme Court is a Supreme Court for the entire nation”.

He said the colonial and pre-colonial courts followed an approach of reluctance, disinclination, and inaction in protecting the rights of citizens.

Justice Chandrachud said he believes that as the CJI, it is his responsibility to collaborate and consult judges at the apex court, judges of high courts, members of the district judiciary and stakeholders of the institution.

He also spoke on the e-initiatives — virtual justice clock, JustIS mobile app 2.0, digital court and 3WaaS websites of district courts — launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the function. – IANS

4 women die in TN stampede during free distribution of sarees

Chennai: Four women died in a stampede at Vaniyambadi in Tamil Nadu where a private organisation was distributing free sarees as part of the Thaipooyam festival celebrations. Police said that around...

Iranian director Jafar Panahi released on bail from Tehran prison

Los Angeles, Feb 4 (IANS) Dissident Iranian director Jafar Panahi has been released from Tehran's Evin prison, his wife Tahereh Saeidi announced in an Instagram post. However, Panahi is out on...

Chennai-based Pharma company recalls eye drops from US market after 55 adverse cases

Chennai : A Chennai-based company has recalled its eye drops from the US market after a US government agency has informed the company that several adverse events had taken place,...

Pakistani rupee continues speedy crash against USD, suffers another big fall

Islamabad : The Pakistani rupee (PKR) has continued a speedy crash against the US dollar with another big fall as the greenback was traded at a record high price of...

Punjab Cabinet approves electric vehicle policy

Chandigarh, Feb 3 (IANS) The Punjab Cabinet on Friday accorded approval to Electric Vehicle Policy 2022 with a move to check the vehicular pollution. A decision to this effect was...

China imposes communications crackdown on Tibetans

New Delhi:  China has tightened restrictions on Tibetan residents of a county in Sichuan province that has been a hotbed of resistance to Chinese rule, imposing measures to prevent contact...

Bill Gates makes roti with chef Eitan Bernath, enjoys it with ghee

San Francisco : Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates made roti along with celebrity chef Eitan Bernath, who recently returned from a trip to Bihar, and ate it with ghee. A video...

Israel, Sudan to sign deal to normalize ties: FM

Jerusalem:  Following his return from a "historic" visit to Khartoum, Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen announced here that his country and Sudan have agreed to normalize ties and sign a...

Sacred rocks from Nepal to build Ram statue in Ayodhya handed over

Kathmandu/Ayodhya: Two 'sacred rocks' excavated from the Kaligandaki River of Nepal to build a statue of Lord Ram in Ayodhya was handed to the Ram Mandir Trust on Thursday. At a...

Sharmila dares KCR to walk for a day with her

Hyderabad : YSR Telangana Party president Y. S. Sharmila on Thursday dared Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao to walk along with her for just three kilometres to know the plight...

BJP, RSS use some as hooligans: Tejashwi

Patna : Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav has attacked the BJP and RSS and said that they are "putting dog collars on the necks of some people and are asking...

N.Korea warns of ‘toughest reaction’ to US military drills with S.Korea

Seoul: North Korea said on Thursday it will take the "toughest reaction" to the US' move to expand joint military exercises with South Korea. The North's warning came US Defense...

Read Previous

154 yrs after he died, ’emperor of romance’ Ghalib lives in his poetry

Read Next

Taliban condemn UN official’s ‘disrespectful’ statement about Islamic penal code

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

WP2Social Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com