The office of Adviser to PM has been working with the Ministry of Law and Justice towards setting up of the National Mission for Justice Delivery and Legal Reforms, with a focus on use of ICT in reducing pendencies and delays. The idea of the Mission emerged at the National Consultation for Strengthening the Judiciary towards Reducing Pendency and Delays held in October 2009.
Objectives of the National MissionThe National Mission spanning 5 years from 2011-2016 would focus on two major goals as envisaged in the vision document, namely:
- Increasing access by reducing delays and arrears in the system, and
- Enhancing accountability through structural changes and by setting performance standards and capacities.
- Policy and Legislative changes such as All India Judicial Service, Litigation Policy, Judicial Impact Assessment, Amendment in N.I. Act and Arbitration & Conciliation Act, Legal Education Reforms etc.
- Re-engineering procedures and alternate methods of Dispute Resolution such as identification of bottlenecks, procedural changes in court processes, statutory amendments to reduce anddisincentivizedelays,Fasttracking of procedures, appointment of court managers and Alternate Dispute Resolution.
- Focus on Human Resource Development such as filling up of vacancy positions in all courts of judges and court staff, strengthening State Judicial Academies, Training of Public Prosecutors and ICT enablement of public prosecutors offices, strengthening National Judicial Academy and Training of mediators.
- Leveraging ICT for better justice delivery such as implementation ofE-courts project, integration of ICT in the judiciary and use in criminal justice delivery and creation of National Arrears Grid.
- Improving Infrastructure such as improving physical infrastructure of the District and subordinate courts and creation of special / additional courts like Morning / Evening Courts, Family Courts and GramNyayalayas.
Read the working paper on the Courts of Tomorrow initiative.