Prime Minister Nndarera Modi praised efforts to integrate technology into the justice-delivery system on Saturday, emphasising that, in this era of India’s 75th anniversary of independence, the convenience of justice is just as important as the comfort of living or doing business.
At the maiden All India District Legal Services Authorities meeting, which was held at Vigyan Bhavan in this city, the Prime Minister remarked that when Bhim/UPI was originally introduced a few years ago, some people believed that it would only apply to a tiny sector. However, he continued, “Today, we see digital payments taking place even in villages,” noting that “India accounts for 40% of all real-time digital payments worldwide.”
The Prime Minister Nndarera Modi claimed that now, when there is such a strong natural capacity for invention and adaptation, is the best time to use technology in the administration of justice.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his happiness that the nation’s justice system is quickly evolving in the direction of incorporating technology into its operations while being monitored by the Supreme Court.
According to him, virtual courts are being established around the nation as part of the e-Courts Mission. For offences like traffic violations, 24-hour courts have begun to operate. For the benefit of the public, the infrastructure for video conferencing in the courts is also being expanded.
“What was started as an alternative during the Corona season has now become a part of the system,” he said, adding that “more than 1 crore cases have so far been heard by district courts by video conferencing and nearly 60 lakh cases were heard by high courts and the Supreme Court. This demonstrates how our legal system is devoted to the timeless Indian principles of justice while also being equipped to deal with the challenges of the twenty-first century.
The PM stated that the delivery of justice is significantly influenced by judicial infrastructure and added that over the past eight years, work has been done quickly to strengthen the infrastructure, with a cost of Rs 9,000 crore. This, he claimed, would quicken the process of administering justice.
According to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, technology may also significantly contribute to ensuring that regular citizens are informed of their constitutional rights and obligations.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that Amrit Kaal is still a time of responsibility and that “we have to focus on the issues that have remained ignored thus far.”
He noted that many prisoners who are awaiting trial and called for sympathy toward them. He said that the district legal services authority may assume responsibility for giving such detainees legal assistance. The PM also urged district judges, who serve as heads of undertrial review committees, to hasten the discharge of detainees awaiting trial.
While the Constitution guarantees social, economic, and political justice to every citizen, Chief Justice of India N V Ramana said in his remarks to the group that “the reality is that, today, only a small percentage of our population can approach the justice delivery system, when in need” and that “the majority of the people suffer in silence, lacking awareness and necessary means.”
He stated that “project democracy is about providing a platform for participation of all,” adding that “Modern India was created around the idea of reducing the inequities in society. Social emancipation is a requirement for participation. A instrument for achieving social emancipation is access to justice.
The Chief Justice of India declared, “Wherever I go, I constantly try to project the successes of the Indian judicial system in gaining the people’s confidence. However, if we want to better serve the public, we must identify the problems that are impeding our ability to do so. Making the issues invisible or camouflaging them is useless. The system will become crippled if we don’t talk about these concerns, and we might not be able to carry out our constitutional obligation to promote social justice, I fear. “Therefore, to talk, debate, and decide,” he urged the audience, adding, “this is the principle I have been following throughout.”
Kiren Rijiju, Union Law Minister, raised awareness of the backlog of cases in family courts.
He cited the more than 11 lakh cases that are still pending in the various family courts and questioned why children should suffer as a result of adult conflicts. In order to address this, he urged the district judges to take the initiative and reaffirmed that the Center and states will support them.