CJI concerned over vacancies in lower judiciary

He also observed that setting up “gram nyayalayas” could take the judicial system to the grassroots level in the country.

Inaugurating the ‘International Conference of Jurists on Judicial Reforms’ at Panchkula near here, Justice Balakrishnan said there were 16,000 courts and 2,000 vacancies in lower judiciary. The two-day conference would mull over methods to improve the justice delivery system for increasing the public confidence in the judicial system.
Chief Justice of Maldives Abdulla Saeed,  judges from Nepal’s Supreme Court, Gauri Dhakal and Awadhesh Yadav, Supreme Court judge R V Raveendran and Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Bansal were among those present on the occasion.

The CJI also stated that a vast majority of courts across the country had poor facilities for lawyers and litigants and lacked proper maintenance.
However, he was hopeful that the situation would improve in the next three years with the Centre earmarking Rs 5,000 crore for improving judicial infrastructure. He said 4000 “gram nyayalayas” would be set up across the country for taking justice delivery system to the grassroots level.

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