Underlining the need for accessible justice, Supreme Court judge Kurian Joseph said the courts should ensure justice for the poor sections of society.
Justice should not only be delivered to the people who reach the court, but also to those who were not able to approach the court, said Joseph during inauguration programme of the administrative block of the high court here on Saturday.
He said the court should ensure to maintain the dignity of the person who approached it for justice. "Courts should adhere to the duty of ensuring the decency and dignity of those who comes to the court seeking justice," said Joseph, who had remained chief justice of the Himachal Pradesh high court.
"In a state like Himachal, around 90% litigants never reach the court personally due to insufficient legal literacy, topographical and financial constraints," he said, adding that it should be the objective of the justice delivery system to reach out to the needy.
Joseph termed the high court as "guardian" of the constitution in the state. "Judiciary is authorised to deliver justice and to protect the constitutional rights of person," he added.
Joseph suggested providing adequate staff and facility to the office of advocate general to strengthen the judicial system.
Lauding the role of press, he said press educated people about policies, rights and duties. "With the process of asking and informing the public, the press plays a significant role to strengthen social structure," he said, adding that the courts should keep itself updated with issues so that justice could be availed by needy person.
Addressing the gathering, chief justice of the Himachal Pradesh high court Ajay Manikrao Khanwilkar said the use of latest technology in the justice delivery system would eventually help litigants to get speedy justice.
In order to do away with red-tapism, ultra hi-tech administrative block would be a boon for the judiciary system in the state, added Khanwilkar.
Meanwhile, high court judge DD Sud, advocate general and chairman of the Bar Council Shrawan Dogra and president of the HP High Court Bar Association Ashwani Pathak spoke on the occasion and thanked Joseph for visualising and conceptualising the auditorium and the chief justice for completion of the administrative block in record time.
Lokayukta Lokeshwar Singh Panta, judges of the high court, assistant solicitor general of India Sandeep Sharma, secretary (law) Chirag Bhanu Singh, deputy commissioner, Shimla, Dinesh Malhotra, superintendent of police, Shimla, Abhishek Dullar and mayor Sanjay Chauhan were also present.