President Ram Nath Kovind has said that technology can be a great enabler for speedy justice in India. Addressing a National Conference organised by the Supreme Court Advocates on Record Association in New Delhi today, Mr Kovind said, a start was made in 2016 with the opening of India’s first e-court in the High Court of Hyderabad and since then, the idea of e-courts has spread elsewhere.
Expressing concern over backlog of case in courts, The President said, Indian legal system is marked by long delays and there is a backlog of 3.3 crore cases in various courts of the country.
He said, 2.84 crore cases are pending in the subordinate courts, 43 lakh are in the High Courts and about 58 thousand in the Supreme Court.
Mr Kovind said, there are many reasons for such delays like there are infrastructure gaps and considerable vacancies, particularly in subordinate courts and there is a culture of seeking adjournments as a norm rather than an exception. He said, Judiciary is making efforts to curb this practice.
The President said, India's judiciary is respected across the world as an upholder of justice for the defenceless. He said, in the past, it has been observed that governments and government agencies themselves were party to many cases of litigation. He commended Government of India for making a sincere effort to reduce this number. (AIR)