In a bid to clear the huge backlog of cases, the Chief Justice of India-designate Justice P Sathasivam plans to put in place special courts, to deal with cases relating to offences against women, children and compensation claims.
"The cases pertaining to offences against women and children will be given priority and more special courts should be set up across the country to deal with them," says the judge, who will take over as the 40th CJI on July 19.
Justice Sathasivam, who did not consider the pendency of cases as "alarming", however, expressed concern over the fact that crimes against women are increasing.
He feels the issue can be effectively tackled by setting up more courts for women and children, besides the compensation matters, as they constitute one-third of total pending litigations.
"We have already identified the areas in which the courts have to concentrate and in association with the Government of India. We have constituted and are going to press for more separate courts for women and children, juvenile justice and matters relating to compensation either under the Land Acquisition Act or the Workmen Compensation Act," the CJI-designate said in an interview.