The Assam Tribune

Rijiju to meet State law ministers next month

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NEW DELHI, Oct 26: With several courts functionin­g from premises that have insufficie­nt space or are in a dilapidate­d condition without basic amenities, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju will meet State law ministers next month to make a fresh push to improve judicial infrastruc­ture.

Rijiju announced the proposed meeting days after Chief Justice of India NV Ramana said that judicial infrastruc­ture was important for improving access to justice but it was baffling to note that its improvemen­t and maintenanc­e was being carried out in an ad-hoc and unplanned manner. !Judicial infrastruc­ture is one of the agenda items for the meeting ... It is my responsibi­lity to take the State government­s on board," Rijiju said on Tuesday.

The infrastruc­ture for high courts and lower courts is the domain of the State government­s. !We are faced with certain hard facts like several courts do not have proper facilities. Some courts function out of dilapidate­d buildings. Judicial infrastruc­ture is important for improving access to justice," the CJI had said.

CJI Ramana was speaking on

Saturday at the inaugurati­on of two wings of the annexe building at the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court.

Sources in the law ministry said the proposed meeting between Rijiju and State law ministers was planned before the CJI made these remarks on judicial infrastruc­ture.

In July this year, the Union Cabinet had approved a fiveyear extension for a Centrally-sponsored scheme for developing infrastruc­ture for the judiciary. The Centrally-sponsored Scheme for Developmen­t of Infrastruc­ture Facilities for Judiciary has been in operation since 1993-94.

An official statement had then said that in the extended term, it would continue from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2026 during which Rs 9,000 crore would be spent with the central share of Rs 5,357 crore, including Rs 50 crore for the Gram Nyayalaya Scheme.

Several courts are still functionin­g on rented premises with insufficie­nt space and some in a dilapidate­d condition without basic amenities, the statement pointed out. The lack of residentia­l accommodat­ion to all the judicial officers also adversely affects their work and performanc­e, it had observed. # PTI

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