NATIONAL MISSION FOR JUSTICE DELIVERY AND LEGAL REFORMS
22nd July, 2022 POLITY AND GOVERNANCE
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- The Union Minister for Law and Justice has stated in the Rajya Sabha that the National Mission for Justice Delivery and Legal Reforms was set up for:
- Increasing access by reducing delays in the judicial system.
- Enhancing accountability through structural changes.
- Setting performance standards and capacities.
- Reduce pendency in the judicial system.
- Improve infrastructure for courts including computerization.
- Increase the strength of subordinate judiciary.
- Create policy and take legislative measures in the areas prone to excessive litigation.
- Introduce reforms in court procedure for quick disposal of cases.
- Focus on human resource development.
Steps were taken for Judicial Reform
- Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) for the Development of Infrastructure Facilities for Judiciary has been extended till 2025-26 for the construction of;
- Court Halls.
- Residential Units.
- Lawyer’s halls.
- Toilet complexes.
- Digital computer rooms.
- The Union Government has been implementing the e-Courts Project for the digitalization of the district and subordinate courts.
- All stakeholders can access information relating to judicial proceedings/decisions on the National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG).
- E-Courts services such as details of case registration, cause list, case status, daily orders & final judgments are available to litigants and advocates through the web portal.
- Judicial Service Centres (JSC) in all computerized courts.
- E-Courts Mobile App, Video Conferencing facility.
- 500 e-Sewa Kendras have been set up at court complexes to facilitate lawyers and litigants needing assistance.
- 20 virtual courts have been set up in 16 States/UTs.
- Sanctioned and working strength of judicial officers in District and Subordinate Courts has increased as follows:
- Amendment to the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 has been made by the Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Act 2015 for expediting the speedy resolution of disputes by prescribing timelines.
- Establishing Fast Track Courts for cases of heinous crimes; cases involving senior citizens, women, children etc.