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Fast-track courts to clear backlog of 2.92 crore cases PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vineeta Pandey   

Published: Friday, Jun 24, 2011, 0:35 IST
By Vineeta Pandey | Place: New Delhi | Agency: DNA

Wait for justice may get a little shorter now as the government on Thursday approved the Union law ministry’s proposal for setting up of a large number of fast track courts for quick disposal of cases.

With more than 2.92 crore cases pending in various courts in the country out of which 2.54 crore cases are before the district and subordinate courts, and out of these 1.81 crore are criminal and 73 lakh civil cases, the government hopes the new fast track courts will reduce the period of pendency of cases from the present 15 years to three years.

Law minister Veerappa Moily said that besides certain cases, those related to crime against women such as rape, dowry harassment, domestic violence, acid attack, molestation etc would now be tried in fast track courts so that justice can be provided to victims within a given time frame. Similarly, all matters concerning children and disabled will also be tried in fast track courts.

“We cannot allow cases to drag for years. In normal courts too all cases have to be decided within three years but in fast track it has to be within 3-6 months,” Moily had told DNA on an previous occasion. He said that the government is also going to set up 200 more family courts to settle matrimonial disputes like divorce, and child custody matters in a timely manner so that crucial years of the couple are not lost fighting in courts.

Setting up fast track courts is part of law ministry’s proposal under the National Mission for Justice Delivery and Legal Reforms under which the Centre will bear an estimated expenditure of Rs5,510 crore over five years till 2016.

The mission’s objective is to increase access to justice by reducing delays and arrears and enhanced accountability through structural changes and by setting performance standards.

This includes making changes in policy and legislative, re-engineering of procedures, hiring of more judges and court staff, improving physical infrastructure of lower courts and promoting use of computers and other ICT technology in delivery of justice.


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