Chennai: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday called upon the legal fraternity to make the
judicial system more accessible, affordable, understandable to every citizen.
Delivering the 11th Convocation of the Tamil Nadu Dr Ambedkar Law University here, he said the cost
of legal processes was a major impediment in making justice accessible to all.
‘A common perception is that there are many hidden costs in availing the legal route to resolve disputes.
We have to find ways to reduce this out-of-pocket expenditure to the common citizen’, he added.
Stating that there was also a serious issue of protracted litigation, Mr Naidu said timeliness
in rendering justice was a major concern.
As the maxim goes, justice delayed is justice denied. This delay is often attributed to huge pendency in
courts, frequent adjournments and long leaves of courts.
‘We have to address this problem of inordinate delay and do whatever is possible in our own purview to
ensure speedier justice’, the Vice-President said.
Noting that there was no silver bullet to all these problems, he said systemic solutions have to be
found to these challenges.
‘For better access, more courts, special benches and adequately staffed courts with all posts filled up are
required. Innovations like Lok Adalats and mobile courts have to be leveraged upon wherever feasible’,
The system needs to be demystified and brought closer to the people by conducting court proceedings and
delivering judgments in the language of local people.
‘We must strive hard to reduce the out-of-pocket expenditure for the underprivileged. Legal aid
mechanisms may need to be more streamlined’, he said.