Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Sunday said a Rs 37-crore state judicial academy,proposed to be set up in the outskirts of Shimla,would train and upgrade the skills of judicial officers and ensure that speedy justice is delivered to the people of the state.
At the conference of chief ministers and chief justices that was held in New Delhi,he said the government had allocated 3.41-hectare land for the academy. Around Rs 37 crore will be spent on the construction of the Academy,while administrative approval has been granted for Rs 26 crore and expenditure sanction of Rs 7 crore has been ordered, he said.
Outlining other steps,Virbhadra said legal aid clinics were being set up in the state at the panchayat level and 10 mediation centres had also been started,besides 10 ADR (alternative dispute resolution) centres were being set up for the speedy delivery of justice in the state. Ten posts of additional district and session judges have also been created.
Recently,the government had created two courts of civil judges (junior division),while three traffic mobile courts had been set up in the state to fast track the cases at the magistrate level.
He added that the Shetty Commission Report had been implemented in the state and Padmanabhan Committee Report,which sought to revise the pay scales granted by the Shetty Commission,had also been implemented in the state.
While appreciating the states judicial system,Virbhadra said,The state high court has only 56,899 cases pending,while the high courts across the country have around four million cases pending.