30 million/3 crore- This is the number of cases pending before Indian Courts, with a few cases languishing for close to a decade and a half. Is there a solution in sight? Probably (Probably roughly translates to “Sambhaavna” in Hindi, which is THE WORD that the Indian Railways and other Indian Govt. Departments swear by...)
The Union Law Minister, Mr.Veerappa Moily, has mooted the idea of a ‘comprehensive National Litigation Policy’ which envisages the restriction of the period of litigation to 3 years (Where are the Judges to dispose these cases? New ‘Benches’ have been constituted, but quite a few ‘Benches’ remain vacant or atleast sparsely occupied...)
One of the objectives of the policy is to reduce government litigation, which forms bulk of the pending cases. Also in the offing is the Right to Justice Bill (shouldn’t we first try and pass the Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill, 2010 and the Judges Assets Bill? Because if the faith in the Judiciary takes a beating, which citizen would want to exercise his right to justice?).
Lets be cautiously optimistic about the National Litigation Policy seeing the light of the day in the near future...
Food for thought: Should lawyers be optimistic at all about this policy?! ;-)
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