A state government is the biggest litigant but it has not yet imbibed the principle of being a "reluctant litigant", according to Maharashtra advocate general Ravi Kadam.
"The government is yet to imbibe the principle of being a reluctant litigant... a committee has been formed to look into the issue (of governmental litigation)," Kadam said yesterday, adding that government is a party in more than half the cases before the courts.
The advocate general was speaking at a seminar on 'Law and the Common Man', organised by the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa.
He said that an improved court system, Lok-adalats and dispute resolution through mediation were the need of the hour.
He also pointed out that lakhs of cases had been disposed of in the last eight months, but still the pendancy remained the same.
"It indicates that people are becoming aware of the judicial system and are coming forward to find the solution."
Speaking on the occasion, former Additional Solicitor General Rajendra Raghuvanshi demanded that pecuniary jurisdiction of the city civil court in Mumbai should be increased.
"When the pecuniary jurisdiction of civil courts in other parts of the states is unlimited, it is just Rs 50,000 in Mumbai," Raghuvanshi said. (The suits above this valuation are filed in the Bombay High Court, under its original jurisdiction).