Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily deserves kudos as he has rolled out a very ambitious programme to reduce the pendency of cases in the court. Significantly, a Mission Mode programme, by which 40 per cent of pending cases may be disposed of from July 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011, has been started  from Calcutta High Court, the country’s oldest land of law. There are whopping 3 crore cases pending in our country at present, which clearly indicates the slowest pace of delivering justice.  This cites a dismal picture of justice system that only around 9 per cent of people in the country, who have disputes with others, come to the court of law and the rest of them do not approach the court as they think that they cannot get justice in the present system, leading to various conflicts. It drives home message that majority of people have lost their faith in the justice system. Given the gravity of situation, only time will tell if Mission Mode will bring in some rosy scene in the judicial system. Going by the claims of Veerappa Moily, there will not be a single case pending in three years and 40 percent of the pending cases would be disposed of by December 1, 2011. This is indeed a very challenging job and there should be an honest effort to remove all bottlenecks like lack of skilled lawyers and resources in the judicial system. The government should also pay attention to amend some rules and regulations in this context, which have become irrelevant in present time. It is an irony that such irrelevant rules and regulations have been identified, but they have not been scrapped yet.

It is good that the Central government is mulling to run the court in two shifts, but this cannot be implemented until all concerned authorities give their consent. It cannot be denied that when evening court started in some of the states, there had been vehement protests from lawyer’s union. However, the court could be run in two shifts when there is sufficient number of justices. Needless to say, the Law Ministry promised to take steps to reform the judicial system, but nothing tangible has happened so far. The reforms in Judiciary are possible when the Centre and state governments show their commitment in this regard. Executive and Judiciary give suggestion to each other for the shortcomings in the judicial system, but they are not ready to work together to turf out the problems. In fact many states are not keen on taking concrete steps to improve the judicial system. Now the Centre and state governments huddle together to chalk out plans to make the judiciary efficient and effective.