India Vice President Venkaiah Naidu expressed concern Tuesday over a backlog of cases at all levels of the country’s court system and urged judges to address the issue to ensure prompt adjudication.
Naidu expressed his concerns as part of a speech that he gave at the Platinum Jubilee meeting of the 76th Foundation Day of the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar College of Law at Andhra University in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. In his address, Naidu cited case adjournments over extended periods and said that the price of seeking justice was becoming increasingly costly for the average Indian citizen. Because of these factors he said there was a need to make the delivery of justice in India “speedier and affordable.”
Naidu also observed that a “vast majority” of India’s laws and regulations remain “illegible to the ordinary citizen.” Although he acknowledged that the spirit and intent behind laws are important for the nation, he also suggested that laws should be uncomplicated and straightforward to prevent ambiguity. In an effort to increase accessibility for the average Indian, Naidu called for a sustained movement to nationally scrutinize and update laws under the goal of promoting justice, fairness, equity, compassion, and humanity throughout the judicial process.
In closing, Naidu called upon the students to commit to legal aid for the poor, to nurture professionalism and ethical conduct, and to fight injustice “wherever it exists and in whichever manner it is perpetuated.”