CJI NV Ramana has held a live interaction with all High Court Chief Justices to take stock of issues that the judiciary faces considering that all courts were now functioning through video conferencing mode due to Covid-19.
The interaction was spread over four different sessions on 1st and 2nd June via video conferencing mode, the press release stated.
The common view that emerged from the meeting was that a digital divide was impacting the functioning of the judiciary, and better network and connectivity in districts, particularly tribal and rural areas, would increase the efficiency of the subordinate judiciary.
Other issues that were discussed during the meeting were:-
- Impact of the pandemic on the functioning of the judiciary.
- Judicial administration’s measure to ensure wheels of justice were moving.
- Innovative ideas to tackle the pandemic.
- Vaccination drives to ensure that stakeholders and their families are safe.
- Vacancies in the judiciary.
CJI Ramamana discussed the issue of vacancies in High Courts and emphasised that they need to be filled. Another aspect that was discussed was vaccination drives for lawyers, judges, support staff and their families. Even though vaccination drives in District and High Courts were satisfactory, the drive has not started yet in lower courts.
One High Court informed the Chief Justice that they were contemplating using mobile vaccination centres to make vaccines available at Tehsil and Sub-Division.
On the issue of infrastructure, the Chief Justices of P&H High Court, Bombay High Court, and Andhra Pradesh High Court requested the Hon’ble CJI to intervene and remove impediments and help them augment infrastructure.
The press release further states that the CJI has expressed his desire to take forward the national plan to augment judicial infrastructure and to incorporate the inputs received from the stakeholders.