Collegium system needs to be revisited: Law minister

Pointing out short comings in the process of appointments of judges in the Supreme Court and the High Courts, Union Minister Law and Justice Dr Ashwani Kumar said that proposed bill of Judicial Appointments Commission has been sent to the Cabinet for its approval and decision will be taken soon on it.

Linking scarcity of judges in the courts with the pendency of cases, he put forth that law commission has found that collegium system to appoint judges needed to be revisited. It has been observed that collegium takes very long time to clear the names proposed for the appointments of judges.

Minister also assured to reduce pendency of cases in the courts from 6 lakhs in 2012 to 12 lakhs in 2013.

Kumar who was here, to meet the press, held that brutal New Delhi rape incident for the first time has shaken the spirit of democratic India at such a large scale. "People's anger in this case is genuine, to reinstate the faith of people in the exiting laws and judiciary, we are all set to bring not only judicial reforms, but also electoral reforms", he said.

Law ministry has written to the Chief Justices of the high courts and Chief Ministers of the states to fill up the vacancies in the courts. Moreover, cabinet has took a decision to appoint 1800 more subordinate judicial officers across the states. At present their strength is 18,000.

The minister further said that it had on January 8 written to the chief ministers and chief justices to set up fast tack courts for expeditiously trail of cases involving sexual assault on women. "For this Central government will be providing assistance to the states", he assured.

Moreover the law ministry has also asked the states and judicial officers to implement Gram Nyayalayas Act and to provide justice at door steps.

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