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Legislature needs to revisit laws, reform them to suit people's needs: CJI

He emphasised that it was important for the Executive and Legislature to "function in unison in realising Constitutional aspirations."

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Legislature needs to revisit laws, reform them to suit people's needs: CJI
Chief Justice of India N V Ramana (Photo: PTI)

The Chief Justice of India, Justice N V Ramana Saturday said the Legislature needs to revisit and reform them to suit the needs of time and people so that they match "practical realities".

The while inaugurating the new building of the Odisha State Legal Service Authority here, also said there is need for the executive and the legislature to work hand in hand in realising "constitutional aspirations."

I emphasize, our must match with our practical realities. The executive has to match these efforts by way of simplifying the corresponding rules," Justice Ramana said.

He also emphasised that it was important for the Executive and Legislature to "function in unison in realising Constitutional aspirations."

The noted that it is only then, the Judiciary would not be compelled to step in as a law-maker and would only be left with the duty of applying and interpreting .

At the end of the day, it is the harmonious functioning of the three organs of the State that can remove procedural barriers to justice, he pointed out.

Stating that the Indian Judicial system is faced with twin challenges, the pointed out that the first one is that of Indianisation of Justice delivery system.

Even after 74 years of Independence, traditional and agrarian societies which have been following customary ways of life, "feel hesitant to approach the courts, he noted.

"The practices, procedures, language of our Courts feel alien to them", he said adding that between the complex language of the acts and the process of justice delivery, the common man seems to lose control over the fate of his grievance.

Often in this trajectory, the justice-seeker feels like an outsider to the system, he pointed out.

He, however, said that although it is a harsh reality, often the Indian legal system fails to take into consideration the social realities and implications.

Sadly, our system is designed in such a way that by the time all the facts and law are churned in the court of law, much gets lost. People might be bringing their problems to the courts, but what remains at the end of a day is yet another case, the CJI said.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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First Published: Sat, September 25 2021. 15:57 IST

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