Government of India approves infrastructure funding for lower courts

June 27, 2011 Good news for the lower courts of India - the Government has decided to invest in adequate infrastructure to reduce the backlog of cases. The decision follows the advice provided by the Law Ministry’s National Mission for Justice Delivery and Legal reforms.

The Centre will increase its contribution by Rs. 2,000 crore in the next five years, bearing 75 per cent of the cost of infrastructure expansion of trial courts in that period. The Central Government will now contribute Rs. 5,500 crore.

Last year, the Government estimate indicated that the infrastructure needs of the District and subordinate courts in the States (excluding Delhi, Allahabad and J&K) was around Rs. 7,077 crore ($1.57 billion). A very detailed report was prepared by the Ministry of Law and Justice, which details the data regarding court complexes, buildings, the infrastructure needed and the cost, with a year by year breakup.

The Mission also includes setting up of large number of fast track courts for fast disposal of cases.


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