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Need to change laws to clear pendency of cases: President

Expressing concern over pendency of cases in the courts, President Pratibha Patil today stressed the need for revising old laws and strengthening judicial institutes.

india Updated: Jun 27, 2009 15:35 IST

Expressing concern over pendency of cases in the courts, President Pratibha Patil today stressed the need for revising old laws and strengthening judicial institutes.

“One of the major issues confronting the judiciary is the huge backlog of cases. Cases have taken inordinately long time to come to conclusion and litigants have not been able to lead normal life unsure of the verdict in their case,” Patil said after inaugurating Maharashtra Judicial Academy at Uttan in neighbouring Thane district.

Stating that a solution has to be found to this issue, she said, “This could include revising many of our legal codes and laws which are old and outdated as well as strengthening institutional aspects of judiciary.”

President further said, “Cost of access to justice has become high and expensive whether it is in terms of court fees or lawyers’ fees. This has given rise to worrisome doubt about access to justice especially for the weaker sections of society.”

The function was attended by Chief Justice of India K G Balkrishnan, Chief Justice of Bombay High Court Swatanterkumar, Governor S C Jamir and Chief Minister Ashok Chavan.

The academy will train newly appointed judges in the lower court.