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Bring scheme to fast-track justice delivery system, SC tells government

Supreme court said its premises were "choked" with heavy traffic. The bench said that it was high time the government should work out a policy on an urgent basis so that cases do not linger in courts for decades.
Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Posted: August 1, 2014 1:38 pm

The Supreme Court on Friday urged the government to come out with a comprehensive scheme to fast-track criminal justice delivery system in the country.

A bench led by Chief Justice R M Lodha asked Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi to seek instructions from the government if there is any policy on anvil to speed up the trials and if not, to formulate such a policy.

Regretting the slow pace of trials, the bench said that it was high time the government should work out a policy on an urgent basis so that cases do not linger in courts for decades.

Seeking a proposal from the government in four weeks, the bench observed: “Courts must be strengthened for good governance. Creation of special courts for certain categories as knee-jerk reactions won’t help..comprehensive steps must be taken for speeding up all trials.”

The bench , also comprising Justices Kurian Joseph and Rohinton F Nariman, added that CJI Lodha the pace of criminal justice delivery system was not at all satisfactory and that more courts and infrastructure were required quickly.

On the issue of the government seeking expeditious trials of MPS, the court reminded the AG that the institutional fast-track courts were no longer in existence and it may not be possible to speed up all sorts of trials.

The court asked the Centre to take all the states into confidence to work out a scheme to fast-track criminal justice system.

The bench was hearing a PIL relating to repatriation of Pakistani prisoners who have either served their jail terms in India or are waiting conclusion of their trials.

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