Supreme Court asks States to Appoint Managers to Unclog Courts
By Samanwaya Rautray, ET Bureau | AUG 03, 2018, 08.05 AM IST
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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered state chief secretaries to form panels which would ensure that each district court would have a manager armed with an MBA degree to unclog subordinate courts.
“Professionally qualified court managers, preferably with an MBA degree, must also be appointed to render assistance in performing the court administration.,” the court said. These posts must be created in each judicial district for assisting principal district and sessions judges.
“Such court managers would enable district judges to devote more time to their core work, that is, judicial functions. This, in turn, would enhance the efficiency of the district judicial system. These court managers would also help in identifying the weaknesses in the court management systems and recommending workable steps under the supervision of their respective judges for rectifying the same,” said SC.
The subordinate courts in the country are creaking under the weight of over 2 crore cases. A bench led by CJI Dipak Misra wants to immediately arrest the decline which has led to a situation in which an ordinary litigant is pushed around for well over a decade to have his case decided. The pace picks up in the high courts and Supreme Court but not enough to ensure quick justice to litigants. In an order passed on Thursday, the CJI directed all state chief secretaries to set up panels which would also include a high Court representative and the law secretary.
Among other things, the SC wants states to give adequate attention to creating bigger buildings to house district courts. They will have to submit plans on shoring up court infrastructure. The court will review how far work on this has progressed by August 23, giving states very little time to comply or be held in contempt of the court.
Subordinate courts get funds from state governments. With most of them allocating less than one per cent of their budget to strengthening court infrastructure, most of them are in a pitiable state. “… sound infrastructure is the linchpin of a strong and stable judicial system. The responsibility for securing justice to the citizenry… rests upon the judiciary which makes it imperative upon the state to provide… the… infrastructure….”
Without a robust infrastructure, the judiciary would not be able to function at its optimum level and, in turn, would fail to deliver the desired results, it said.