President Pranab Mukherjee has said that India’s judicial system established decades ago require major changes and it is high time for everyone to not just think but also act on judicial reforms.
“Reform is a continuous process. It cannot be stop and go. Every system develops clogs. There is need for constant change. Justice Dalbir Bhandari has done useful work to ignite the thinking process of the nation on the subject of judicial reforms. It is high time for everyone to not just think but also act on judicial reforms,” he said.
Mukherjee was speaking yesterday on the occasion of a book release ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan where Prime Minister Narendra Modi formally released the book ‘Judicial Reforms – Recent Global Trends’ Trends’ brought out by the India International Law Foundation.
The President also pointed out that no reform is possible without adequate infrastructure. In his entire period as President, he said, the Allahabad High Court which is the largest in the country had less than 50 % of its sanctioned posts of 180 judges filled. If this situation of the higher judiciary is so bad, one can imagine the conditions of the lower judiciary. State and Union Governments should work hand in hand to address the shortage of basic infrastructure such as courtrooms and essential facilities for judges. There is no dearth of talent in the country but there must be a system in place to address such issues. The President concluded expressing confidence that it would be possible to address these core issues.
Dignitaries present on the occasion included Chief Justice of India Justice JS Khehar; Arun Jaitley, Union Minister of Finance; Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister of Law and Justice; Justice Dalveer Bhandari, President, India International Law Foundation and Justice Vikramajit Sen, Vice President, India International Law Foundation.