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Invite ideas, expedite cases, Kalam tells HC

india Updated: Oct 13, 2006 15:36 IST

PRESIDENT APJ Abdul Kalam on Thursday urged the MP High Court Chief Justice to invite ideas from citizens on the functioning of judiciary. Such an experiment has been conducted in a western country where the best idea provider is rewarded, he said.

Emphasising faster disposal of cases, he said a judge should clear 6000 cases per year. At present a judge disposes of 3200 cases per year in the High Court. The President’s suggestion came in response to Chief Justice A.K. Patnaik’s statement that the HC was leading over other high courts in disposal of cases.

Patnaik said the annual disposal of cases per judge is 3200 against the national average of 2000. Addressing a golden jubilee function of MP High Court, Kalam said the Centre has approved inter-linking of 15000 courts across the country. He said the need of an hour is to take certain concrete steps, including a two shift system of working in courts, that would reduce pendency of cases.

He lauded the High Court for opening legal aid clinics where services are provided to women, tribals and the needy.