People need fast justice, not well-dressed lawyers: Chief Justice of India
Emphasizes on promoting a sense of belonging with justice delivery system among the public
The Chief Justice of India N V Ramana has said that common litigants crushed by resource and energy-sapping litigations need quick and inexpensive relief and not colossal court buildings or well-dressed erudite lawyers.
Justice Ramana was speaking at the valedictory function to mark the end of the 45-day campaign launched by the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA). Reaching out to over 70 crore people, he spread legal awareness and tried to make people aware of their legal rights across the country
He said, "All that the people want is to be expeditiously relieved of their pain without exhausting their resources. We have to work together to promote a sense of belonging with the justice delivery system, among the public."
Justice Ramana further stated, "Since our decisions have a huge social impact, they should be easily comprehensible and must be written in a (simple and) clear language."
The CJI said, "It is, primarily, the ability of constitutional courts to function with absolute independence and necessary boldness in the face of adversity, that defines the character of our institution. Our ability to uphold the Constitution sustains our impeccable character. There is no other way to live up to the faith of our people."
He explained that the schemes and activities of NALSA acted as a necessary bridge ensuring access between the benefactor and the beneficiary. "I can say that we all have sincerely worked to live up to the aspirations of the framers of the Constitution," he added.
The CJI noted that the tireless work done by NALSA's executive chairman, Justice UU Lalit was especially praiseworthy. He had travelled across the country to infuse energy into those par-legal workers and law students who fanned into the countryside to reach out to the masses with the legal awareness campaign," Justice Ramana said.
He recommended it be ensured that the theme of the campaign, 'Ek Mutthi Aasmaan Par Haq Hamara Bhi Toh Hai' (the marginalized have a right over a slice of hopes, opportunities and aspirations of the country), resonated vibrantly in the rural areas.