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Law Ministry directs Trial Courts to decide all cases which are 5 Year old or more by December 2018

September 3, 2017

As on date there are as many as 2.54 crore cases are pending in trial courts across the Nation.

By December 2018, Indian judiciary burdened with pendency of more than 3,20,00,000 cases, will see a quite significant change in its justice delivery system.

Ray of hope has come from the Ministry of Law & Justice; which has directed the Trial Courts to give dates of final judgement in every case they’re hearing.

Especially cases pending for 5 to 10 years have been given dates of December 2018 for final order.

The ministry is also working on a new mechanism, under which an automatic judgement date would be handed as soon as a case is filed.

This’ll instantly help parties know when the 1st round of litigation’ll get over. In a meeting held last week between the law ministry & Niti Aayog, stress has been laid on fixing the time limit of cases, especially criminal & civil ones.

“1 round of litigation in the trial courts would be 2-3 years while in civil cases it’d be 7-8 years,” a senior law ministry official told.

The ministry is also studying the reasons for delay in cases – ranging from no. of adjournments, stay taken from HC on a trial court order, no. of appeals filed, avg. time spent on disposal of cases to classification of cases.

“…trial court proceedings depend largely on various other factors; if an order is passed from a trial court & a stay from HC is taken, then trial court process’ll come to a halt. So, we’re figuring out the ways to overcome these problems,” the senior official added.

Delhi’s 6 Trial Courts have acted very swiftly on these directions & have already started giving final date of judgement in cases which are 5-10 years old.

With the new system in place, it would be difficult for the parties to get unnecessary adjournments. Moreover, there’d be more responsibility on prosecuting agencies to produce evidences & witnesses on time so that proceedings don’t get hampered & stick to its respective deadlines.

Source New Indian Express

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3 comments

  1. This is the best example of justice delayed

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  2. Harshad panchal..Ex..judicial officer...

    It is good one..to maintain faith on our judicial system…

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  3. Harshad panchal..Ex..judicial officer...

    It is good one for our judicial system to maintained faith in it…

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