Judiciary-executive interaction must for speedy justice: CJI

REGRETTING lack of communication between the judiciary and the executive that hampers realisation of ideas into actions, Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir on Friday said the judiciary was committed to ensure justice to people "as quickly as possible and also as cheaply as possible".

Kabir, asserting the necessity of interaction between judges and the executive, said there was indeed a need to "increase the efficiency of the courts" so that common man has access to the justice.

Speaking on the lawns of the Supreme Court at a function organised by the SC Bar Association, the CJI hailed the idea of reviving the conference of Chief Justices of the High Courts and Supreme Court judges, saying it was "long needed and overdue".

The practice of holding such annual conferences was discontinued in 2009 but the CJI revived it this year. Around 24 chief justices of High Courts and judges of the Supreme Court, including the CJI, are participating in this conference in New Delhi on Friday and Saturday. They were also present at the function on Friday. The top judiciary will then meet the Prime Minister, the Law Minister and all chief ministers and state law secretaries on Sunday where resolutions adopted in the conference will be discussed.

"By not having these conferences, we were losing a link with the executive, represented by the chief ministers and other members. Lack of communication created a lot of difficulties in implementing ideas and solving problems with the basic purpose of ensuring that justice is delivered in time and all important matters are properly attended," said the CJI.

Pointing out that he wanted the bridge to be re-established, he said there are several instances when chef ministers, on whom the judiciary depends for funds, do not really know about the problems and so they cannot offer assistance.

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