CURRENT FOCUS

In a major victory for Common Cause, the Supreme Court on Aug 2, 2017, imposed a hundred percent penalty on mining companies indulging in illegal mining on account of lack of forest and environment clearances, mining outside lease/permitted area and for mining in excess of what has been allowed.

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Judicial Reforms

Justice is integral to the functioning of our democracy, to uphold the rule of law and to preserve the faith of citizens in the judiciary. A strong, independent, accountable and efficiently functioning judiciary is also essential for preventing corruption and abuse of power and for dispensing justice, fairly and expeditiously to all our citizens. For this we need to effectuate Judicial Reforms.

This would entail simplification of the judicial processes and making it accessible to all, reduction in procedural complexities, addressing the problem of inordinate delays in the dispensation of justice, ensuring that judges of adequate quantity and quality dispense effective and timely justice, increasing judge strength and commensurate infrastructure with adequate use of Information Technology and electronic connectivity, transparency in the appointment of judges and ensuring judicial ethics and putting in place accountability mechanisms in order to stem increasing corruption in the judiciary.

To sum up, the desired judicial reforms should take into account the following areas of concern

Huge pendency of cases - According to the April–June, 2014 (Vol. IX, Issue No.2) edition of Court News brought out by the Supreme Court of India, there were 65,970 cases pending before the apex Court as on June 30, 2014. The data available for the 24 High Courts and lower courts up to March 2014 showed pendency of 44.8 lakhs and whopping .....

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