The Law and Judiciary Department on 19 August 2017 issued an order for setting up of the first three of 24 fast track courts for Maharashtra in two of its most populous cities.
While one of the courts would be set up in Mumbai, the other two would be set up in Thane. The courts would be dealing with heinous crimes like rape and murder.
According to official sources, the fast track courts were recommended by the 14th Finance Commission to strengthen judicial systems in the States. Following this, the Centre ordered for the setting up of 1800 such courts across the country within the next five years.
Besides this, other recommendations of the Commission included mediation centres, more family courts, centres for dispute resolution, technical staff for scanning and digitisation, law schools and more Lok Adalats.
As far as the funding is concerned, the Centre has set aside ₹4114 Cr for the project. While UP will be given ₹488 Cr, Maharashtra, which is placed second on the list of beneficiary States, was allocated ₹469 Cr for establishing the fast track courts.
Other states including Gujarat, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh were allocated ₹400 Cr, ₹338 Cr and ₹306 Cr respectively.
When: 19 August 2017
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