In March last year, Chief Justice of India NV Ramana (then a puisne judge) had, reflecting on the poor conditions at some courts, said that the Central and State governments should come together to create a National Judicial Infrastructure Corporation to cater to the rising need for judicial infrastructure in the country.
“Talking of impediments in the path of modernisation, financial constraints must never come in the path of progress. There is a need for the Centre and States to co-operate and create a National Judicial Infrastructure Corporation, as a one- time measure, to cater to the need for judicial infrastructure in the country. Such a corporation would bring the uniformity and standardization required to revolutionize judicial infrastructure,” he had said.
In February this year, CJI Ramana called out the lack of adequate support from the government in improving judicial infrastructure in the country.
The CJI had said that mere allocation of funds will not be enough for the same and an institutional mechanism needs to be put in place for coordinating and overseeing improvement of judicial infrastructure.
“Mere allocation of funds is not enough. The challenge is to put the available resources to optimum use. I have been pursuing the government for setting up of statutory authorities, both at the Centre and at the States. I am hoping for a positive response soon,” he said.
While judicial infrastructure needs to be improved, they have unfortunately not been meeting the basic minimum standards in the area, he had said.