CHENNAI: Ensuring timeliness in courts and increasing the number of working days for judges were the key suggestions put forth by students from various parts of the city during the debate competition ‘How to ensure fast justice in judiciary’, which was organised by an NGO, Nandini Voice For The Deprived.
The suggestions of over 20 college students who participated in the event, would be sent to the Chief Justice of India.
“With lawyers frequently boycotting courts, the number of working days has become less. Many judges start the day’s proceedings late and end it early. Courts hardly for 245 days in a year,” said one of the participants.
More transparent and well-structured procedures for appointment of judges, based on well-established rules and regulations, establishment of special courts at various levels in the country for disposing of cases pending for more than 10 years within a period of two years, setting a time limit for delivering judgments and limiting adjournments for each case were some of the other suggestions put forth by the students.
Strengthening mobile courts was another important topic that was discussed. Mobile courts must be extended to rural areas in a big way, so that they can hear petty cases and give quick them quick disposal.
Limiting the time for delivery of judgment, introducing of a code of conduct for judges and setting up of a vigilance department for courts were some of the other suggestions.
Shwetha Vasudevan of the School of Excellence in Law, G Selvakani of Natesan Institute of Cooperative Management and Akash Swaminathan were the winners of the competition.
DK Oza, former chief electoral officer, Tamil Nadu, and PKN Panicker, president, Chemical Industries Association and educationists constituted the panel of judges at the competition and NS Venkataraman, trustee, Nandini Voice For The Deprived, conducted the proceedings.