Modi says judiciary has "divine role" in ensuring rule of law, delivering justice

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New Delhi, April 5, 2015

Judiciary must be powerful, perfect: Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the judiciary should be both empowered and capable to play its "divine role" in ensuring the rule of law and delivering justice to the common man.
Addressing the Joint Conference of Chief Ministers of States and Chief Justices of High Courts, he said that while the executive was under constant assessment and scrutiny in public life, through various institutions, the judiciary normally did not face any such scrutiny.
Mr Modi said judiciary had built up an enormous faith and reputation among the people of India, and should evolve its own in-built systems for self-assessment, so that it could live up to the high expectations placed on it by the people. 
He said good infrastructure for the judiciary was a priority for the Government, and an amount of Rs. 9749 crore had been earmarked for strengthening the judiciary under the 14th Finance Commission. 
Mr Modi said that under the Digital India Programme, technology should be deployed to bring about a qualititative change in the judiciary. He stressed that quality manpower was required for the judiciary and said the government was as concerned about human resources as it was about physical infrastructure.
Without going into the details of pendency in litigation and corruption in the Judiciary, the Prime Minister hoped that the forum would suggest some fresh approaches to deal with such issues. He said Lok Adalats were an effective way of dispensing justice for the common man, and this mechanism should be strengthened further. Similarly, he stressed the importance of "Family Courts." 
He also called for a comprehensive review of the system of Government-appointed tribunals, to assess their efficacy and effectiveness. 
Mr Modi said laws were sometimes not drafted well, and therefore lead to multiple interpretations. He said there should be minimum grey areas, and therefore, drafting of laws required special attention. He said he was committed to removal of obsolete laws. 
He stressed the need to prepare for emerging areas of litigation such as maritime law and cyber crime. He said acquaintance with forensic science was now a must for those associated with the legal profession. 
Chief Justice of India H.L. Dattu, and Union Minister for Law and Justice D.V. Sadananda Gowda were amongst those present on the occasion.

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