9 Dec 2007

Delhi court settles 100 cases in two days !!!

I was delighted to read this post in rediff that a trial judge went a long way to play her part in reducing the back-long of the cases, which has really been a stigma on the Indian judicial system.

"Additional District and Sessions Judge Kamini Lau did not mind spending extra hours to finish the cases, pertaining to theft of electricity, claims with various power companies and malfunctioning of the infrastructure", reports Rediff.

Not long back, I had the occasion to write about the pitfalls of delay in judicial redressal, but then it seemed like an issue taken for granted. The monthly report of pending cases in the Supreme Court does not inspire confidence either.

Every once in a blue moon we hear that a judge went out of the way to dispose more cases than the national average. But the point is, are their any incentives for the judges who really take toil to clear the backlog? Is there any mechanism in place to ensure that this takes place at a regular basis, till the time the pendecy is within acceptable limits?

No answer clearly seems to be forthcoming. Blame is transferred by ailing huge vacancies in the judicial lines, lack of proper infrastructure etc. But shifting of this blame game is not for the county as a whole and certainly for the people as well.

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