The CJI said at a press conference following a day-long joint conference of chief ministers and chief justices of high courts that a plea to use local languages in courts was rejected by the Supreme Court’s full-court sometime in 2014.
On Saturday, Chief Justice of India N V Ramana said that reforms such as the introduction of local languages in courts cannot be accomplished in a single day due to logistical challenges and hiccups. “Some of the judges aren’t always fluent in the local language.
The chief justice will always be appointed from outside the court. “Sometimes the most senior judges are also from outside,” Justice Ramana said. “The implementation of a regional language faces a number of challenges and bottlenecks or hiccups,” he said in reply to a query during a joint press conference along with Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju.
“Second, we don’t have the technology or systems in place to translate an entire record from English to the local language or vice versa. Artificial Intelligence is, in some ways, a way out. We gave it our all. It has manifested to some extent… More complexities necessitate more time “The CJI went on to say more.
“The Chief Justice of India must approve the use of languages in court, not just for argument but also for orders. That is why a broader consultation is required. In this case, we will undoubtedly give it a lot of thought “The Union Law Minister went on to say.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had previously stated that courts should encourage the use of local languages. He was speaking to a gathering of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of High Courts across the country.
The joint conference was also attended by Union Minister of Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju, Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann.
“I am aware that there are some concerns about the judicial system as well, particularly in terms of timely delivery of justice and pending cases. The judiciary is frequently blamed for incarceration… However, a quick look at the court websites will give you an idea of the enormous workload that judges face. On any given day, the number of cases filed and disposed of is unimaginable ” CJI explained.
“I’m baffled as to why the government’s intra- and inter-departmental disputes, as well as fights between PSUs and the government, end up in court.”
No employee will be forced to go to court if service laws are applied fairly in matters of seniority, pension, and so on. “It is a well-known fact that governments are the most frequent litigants, accounting for nearly half of all cases,” said CJI Ramana.
“I am convinced that the judicial infrastructure, both in terms of personnel and physical infrastructure, requires immediate attention.” The existing infrastructure and the people’s projected justice needs are vastly different. Even lady advocates are afraid to enter courtrooms in some district courts because of the atmosphere.
Tamil Nadu has raised the issue of using regional language in judicial proceedings, the Chief Justice of India said.
Justice Ramana also referred to a similar request by a senior politician from Gujarat but said he has not received any proposal yet.