HYDERABAD:Stating that laws must be amended to discourage frivolous litigation, which hinders economic growth, chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu said the State as the biggest litigant should take a lead in discouraging frivolous litigation and make all efforts to settle disputes amicably by taking recourse to alternative dispute resolution mechanism.
Speaking at the conference of the Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of the High Courts in New Delhi on Sunday, Naidu said time-consuming and cumbersome legal procedures must be simplified to resolve the disputes that may arise between the State and the corporate entities on a fast pace without adverse impact on investments and the projects.
“The economic prosperity can reach the lowest levels of society in the globalised economic environment, only if the three organs of the State - executive, legislature and the Judiciary - work in perfect harmony with one another by enriching themselves with one another’s experience,” he said.
Placing the affidavits and counter-affidavits and the disputed property details in the public domain will strengthen the faith of the public in the judicial process, which prima facie appears complex and cumbersome to the lay public, Naidu observed.
“I welcome the proposal to establish the All India Judicial Services along the lines of All-India Services that would attract the best talent to the Judicial Service from across the nation. It would contribute to strengthen the national integration and infuse greater professionalism in the judicial service,” he added.
Stating that there is a need for uniformity in the selection and appointment of District Judges across the country, Naidu said that he supported the proposal to establish National Court Management System (NCMS) and welcomed the proposed policy and legislative changes that would ensure effective and expeditious delivery of justice.“We would like to see that all arrears are cleared within a time frame of five years with creative application of information technology, rigorous performance monitoring,” he said.
State Judicial Academy
Chief Minister Naidu said in the wake of reorganisation of AP, it is necessary to establish a separate judicial academy for Andhra Pradesh. He added that the State government was planning to establish the State Judicial Academy in the new capital city and set up two regional academies at Tirupati and Visakhapatnam. “I would like to propose that a master plan be prepared jointly by the High Court and the State government for providing litigant-friendly court and residential buildings to all subordinate courts existing in AP on the appointed day of June 2, 2014 by 2019-2020,” he added.