Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana on Friday said that the judicial officers will soon receive a “good news” on the issues related to pay commission. He also added that he is making efforts to fill up vacancies in the judiciary and to improve judicial infrastructure in the country, besides addressing issues relating to security of judges and others.
Chief Justice of India was speaking on the occasion of the inauguration of the two-day Telangana State Judicial Officers Conference in Hyderabad. CJI stressed on the importance of taking care of one’s physical and mental health and said that the financial well being is a very important factor and he has taken up the issues related to pay commission.
While talking about the issues related to judicial vacancies and judicial infrastructure, he said that it is his firm belief that better judicial infrastructure and filling up of judicial vacancies is essential for improving access to justice.
“The reason is access to justice is possible only when we provide sufficient numbers of courts as well as infrastructure”. Justice Ramana said he wanted to see that there are no pending vacancies either in the high courts, Supreme Court or the district judiciary.
He also stressed on how it has been his endeavour to fill up all the judicial vacancies at all levels and with cooperation from all stakeholders considerable progress on this front could be made. In the case of Telangana, the CJI said he had cleared the pending file for increasing the number of judges from 24 to 42 without any delay.
He also asked to create a congenial environment for the litigants and to always remember the human aspects of the dispute.
“Law cannot be far from equity. It is important to project the human face of the judiciary whenever you have scope for invoking your discretion. Judicial officers must sensitise themselves to different vulnerabilities of the parties, including minors, women and persons with disabilities who may have different requirements and treat everyone with respect. Officers must apply their mind independently on the materials presented before them.”
“For instance, the requirement of the Criminal Procedure Code are not mere formalities. They are an important check on the executive excesses and represent substantive rights of the accused. The judicial officers must keep themselves updated and they will be able to apply the changing law and precedents to cases before them and ensure justice only when they are aware of them,” he said.
While asking judicial officers to perform their duties without any fear, the CJI addressed the issue of increasing physical attacks on judges.
“I am aware of the increasing physical attacks on judges. I am doing my utmost to prevent such occurrences. Directions were issued to improve the security of the judicial officers both inside and outside court rooms. Only when you are free from financial worries, you will be able to give your best. Let me assure you that I’m taking up that issue related to pay commission and you will soon get a good news on this front.”
CJI while concluding his speech said that the District judiciary is the foundation of this institution, and only if the foundation is strong, the system will flourish. Therefore, it is for all of the judicial officials to work in that direction and see that the flag of judiciary flies high.