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Speedy justice to common man
Published on 13 Aug. 2010 12:01 AM IST
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Union minister of law and justice Dr.M.Veerappa Moily, in a written reply, informed the Lok Sabha that Government has taken various measures to provide speedy justice to common man.
Moily said that with a view to ensuring expeditious disposal of cases, a “vision statement” indicating an action plan was presented in the “National Consultation for strengthening of Judiciary towards Reducing pendency and Delays”.
“It is expected that the period of pendency of cases in the courts will reduce from an average of 15 years to an average of three years by 2012 after the National Mission gives effect to its strategies to fully implement the Action Plan envisaged in the Vision Statement,” the Minister said.
He further informed that government has also accepted the recommendations of the 13 finance commission to provide a grant of Rs.5000 crore to the States for improving justice delivery system in the country.
The first installment of Rs.500 crore has already been released to the States, he said, adding that with the help of these grants, the States can, inter-alia, set up morning/evening/shift/special magistrates’ courts, also organise more Lok Adalats and strengthen alternate dispute resolution mechanism with a view to reducing court pendencies. Dr.Moily also informed that government has enacted the Gram Nyayalayas Act 2008, which provides for setting up of Gram Nyayalyas at Panchayat level.
“Over 5000 Gram Nyayalayas are expected to be established across the country. As on 31.7.2010, the States of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Orissa and Maharashtra, taken together, have notified 144 Gram Nyayalayas out of which 47 have been made operational till date. These Nyayalayas will provide affordable and accessible justice to the common man particularly those in the rural areas,” the Minister said.
Legal aid clinics
National Legal Services authority (NALSA) through its State Legal Services Authorities, District Legal Services Authorities, Taluk Legal Services Committee is in the process of setting up legal aid clinics throughout the country.
While giving this information in the Lok Sabha, Dr.M.Veerappa Moily said National Plan of Action for the year 2009-10 and 20100-11 contemplated setting up of Legal Aid Clinics in all Mandal level and Panchayat level. Now NALSA is planning to set up Legal Aid Clinics in all villages, he said.

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