?Deliver quality justice?
SUPREME COURT Judge Justice R V Raveendran stressed the need for delivering quality justice, which at the same time is speedy and affordable. The powers of judges and lawyers, he said, depend on the credibility of justice and by instilling confidence among the people that they would be treated fairly irrespective of their social or economic status.
“But this sadly is not happening at the present,” he remarked while delivering Justice S M Samvatsar, R G Waghmare, S K Kemkar memorial law lecture held this evening to mark the ongoing golden jubilee celebrations of MP High Court.
Speaking on the subject, ‘Do we sit and watch’, he said that people are losing faith in lawyers and judges and have begun questioning their integrity.
“If the confidence of people is eroded in judiciary, people will stop coming to court and bar will become redundant,” he remarked. He asked the lawyers to free themselves from the shackles of complacency and told judges to restore public faith by caring for the rule of law, caring for the downtrodden and caring for the country.
Raising questions that why banks have stopped coming to courts and have recruited private agency to recover money and why 95 per cent of the criminal cases end in acquittal and why 95 per cent of civil suits don’t get settled and why multinational companies don’t want to be tried at courts, he remarked that these questions are cause for worry.
Expressing concern over the fact that criminal cases are five to 10 times more than civil cases in Madhya Pradesh, he said a wrong signal seems to going in the public that rich criminals can walk free.
Citing that there are everyday reports in the media about the loopholes in Indian judicial system, he said there is need to provide better defence facilities to the poor to restore faith in judiciary. The outcome of Jessica Lal and other such cases case is not flattering.
Therefore, see that justice is done,” SC Judge said added that poor people who are denied justice are attracted to terrorism and anti-social activities. “Thus one unjust step by judges and lawyers has far reaching social and economic ramifications. It is therefore necessary that we provide succour to people who are in search for justice,” he concluded.