“Courts Must Reach Out To People”: Chief Justice At Constitution Day Event

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It’s essential that the judiciary reaches people and not expect the people to reach out to it, Chief Justice Of India Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud said today during an event in the Supreme Court to mark Constitution Day, stressing on the need to make justice accessible to everyone.
“In a nation as diverse as ours, the paramount challenge that the judiciary faces is that justice is accessible to everyone. The Indian judiciary has been introducing many things to improve access to justice,” he said, detailing several efforts of the judiciary to improve public access.

“Though the Supreme court is located at Tilak Marg, it is the Supreme Court for all of the nation and now virtual access has made it possible for lawyers to argue cases from their own places. As a CJI, I am looking to adopt technology in listing of cases,” he added.

The mobile app for district judiciary is a real-time dashboard for all district-level courts across India and has data of the cases instituted, cases disposed and pendency of cases on day, week and monthly basis at the court level and digital courts is a green initiative of the judiciary, he added.

The CJI further said the representation of marginalised communities must be enhanced in the legal profession, and added that the jurisprudence that has emanated from our courts in India has influenced decisions in South Africa, Kenya, Australia, Jamaica, Uganda, Bangladesh, Singapore, Fiji, and other countried.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Constitution Day celebrations, while President Droupadi Murmu will deliver the valedictory address.

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