Last update: August 20, 2022, 4:13 PM HST
With the number of pending cases approaching the 5 crore mark, Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Saturday that if a judge decides on 50 cases, 100 new cases are filed as people are more aware now and reach out to courts to settle disputes. Addressing a seminar on the operation of the Armed Forces Tribunal attended by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Rijiju said the government was harnessing technology to reduce the wait in court.
Responding to a question during the monsoon session of parliament, the justice minister said that more than 4.83 million cases were pending in court across the country. While more than 4 million cases are pending in lower courts, the Supreme Court is burdened with a backlog of more than 72,000 cases.
The Minister said the Mediation Bill will also help reduce the number of disputes in the courts with a renewed focus on alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. Rijiju also felt there should be “no comparison” between the pending cases in India and other countries because “we have a different set of problems”.
He said some countries do not even have a population of 5 crores while the number of pending cases in India is approaching the 5 crore mark. He assured that the Ministry of Justice is ready to offer any assistance to the Armed Forces Tribunal to deliver justice quickly.
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