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Inadequate budget for judiciary crippling reforms, hurting growth: Report

The study drew on figures from across the four major constituents of the justice system--police, prisons, judiciary and legal aid.

Illustration by Ajay Mohanty
Illustration by Ajay Mohanty

India's justice system has been affected by poor budgeting, the recently released India Justice Report has concluded. Inadequate allocations, poor planning and underutilisation of funds--all these have impacted the ability of the justice system to address its capacity constraints and improve its functioning. No state or union territory in India, except Delhi, spent even 1% of its budget on judiciary, said the report which reviewed budgets between 2011-2012 and 2015-2016. The average national spending on the judiciary in this period was 0.08% of the gross domestic product (GDP), said ...