The Centre for Social Justice at Institute of Law Nirma University conducted a seminar ‘Judicial Performance and Access to Justice’ on Wednesday, 28th December, 2016. The speaker for the session was Mr. Harish Narasappa who is a founding partner of Samvad Partners, a leading national law firm in India and co-founder of Daksh which is a Bangalore-based independent, not-for-profit organization.
Mr. Harish raised many question related to the over-burdening of courts with cases and whether the data collected by social organizations is reliable in terms of the number of cases that are reported to be yet decided. He also talked about how the decisions given by judges impact the judiciary and public at large. Access to Justice according to him was to help the poor people through projects like Plead for India, providing Legal Aid so as to make them aware of their rights and make the judicial system more efficient.
He then talked about Judicial Efficiency and pointed out the problem faced by judges of being fair and reasonable in all the cases they decide which to an average ranges from about 70-80 cases per judge.” The pressure on judges kills their efficiency and what we as citizens by criticizing judge them on their “inefficiency” in one case where they couldn’t give a fair decision. He referred to “Justice” as a civilization’s goal and not only as a citizen’s goal. Justice is uttermost important as respect for law and order can only come when Justice is achieved. The judicial performance of judges and Judiciary as whole cannot be measured only on the basis of the no. of cases that are decided but it has a task beyond that to achieve.