Law Commission of India on 7 July 2014 a report titled Manpower Planning in Judiciary: A Blue Print was submitted to the Union Government. Chairman of Law Commission Former Justice, A P Shah submitted the report to the Union Minister of Law & Justice and Communications & IT Ravi Shankar Prasad. The Commission recommended recruitment of judges to dispose the backlog, special evening and morning courts and additional courts to ensure timely justice.
Highlights of report and recommendations
• Recruitment of new judges should be focused as a matter of priority and on the number of judges required to breakeven and to dispose of the backlog in a 3 year time frame.
• Age of retirement of Subordinate judges be raised to 62.
• Special morning and evening Courts be set up for dealing with Traffic and Police Challan cases which constitute 38.7 percent of the institutions and 37.4 percent of all pending cases in the last three years before the Subordinate Judicial Services.
• Recent law graduates may be appointed for short durations for 3 years, to preside over these special traffic Courts.
• Adequate provisions will be made for staff and infrastructure required for the working of additional Courts.
• High Courts will be directed to evolve uniform data collection and data management methods in order to ensure transparency and to facilitate data based policy prescriptions for the judicial system.
• Creation of additional Courts is one amongst various measures required to ensure timely justice and facilitate access to justice.
•The Commission recognizes that apart from increasing judge strength, many other measures have to be undertaken for reducing delays, including the application of good judicial management practices such as putting into place timeliness and performance benchmarks.
Law Commission of India
• Law Commissions is constituted by the Government to recommend legislative reforms with a view to clarify, consolidate and codify particular branches of law.
• It is an executive body constituted from time to time by the Government of India (GOI).
• The first Law Commission was established in 1834 under the Charter Act of 1833 under the Chairmanship of Lord Macaulay.
• In Post Independence, GOI established the First Law Commission of Independent India in 1955 with M C Setalvad then Attorney-General of India, as its Chairman.
• The Twentieth Law Commission was constituted by the Government and it has a three year term (1 September 2012 to 31 August 2015). Former chief Justice, A P Shah is the Chairman of the present Law Commission.
• The other members of the commission are Justice S N Kapoor, Former Judge of Delhi High Court; Justice Usha Mehra, Former Judge of Delhi High Court ; Professor Mool Chand Sharma, Former Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Haryana; N L Meena; Brahm A Agrawal, Law Secretary; SP K Malhotra, Secretary (Legislative);Professor G Mohan Gopal ; R Venkataramani, Senior Advocate; Professor Yogesh Tyagi ; Bijai Narain Mani ; Professor Gurjeet Singh.
When: 7 July 2014