Common man shouldn't be scared of courts: CJI NV Ramana calls for 'Indianisation’ of legal system

20th Sep,2021

Common man shouldn't be scared of courts: CJI NV Ramana calls for 'Indianisation’ of legal system

The Chief Justice of India NV Ramana called for the Indianization of the legal system on Saturday to make the judicial system easier and effective.
"Working methods and cuisine styles are not suitable for the complexity of India. Our systems, practices and rules originated from the colonial period and may not be the most suitable for the needs of the Indian people," CJI said at an event held in Bangalore.
"The immediate priority is the Indianization of our legal system. When I say Indianization, I mean that we need to adapt to the actual reality of our society and localize our judicial system," Justice Ramana said.
CJI pointed out that these are the topics that Judge Shantanagaudar discusses with him every day. He said: " I personally have lost a precious colleague".
Judge Ramana said that the courts need to be procedural-oriented, and simplifying the judiciary should be the top priority.
"Our concept of justice often brings many obstacles to ordinary people. The way of working and the style of cuisine are not in line with the complexity of India. Our systems, practices and rules originated in colonies, and may not be the most suitable for the needs of the Indian people. "CJI said.
The rural parties usually feel out of place in court because they do not understand the arguments or the petition.
"In order for the parties to understand the meaning of the judgment, they will be forced to spend more money. The court needs to be procedurally oriented because they are the ultimate beneficiaries. Simplifying justice should be our top priority. Making the justice system more transparent and accessible And effective is essential," CJI said.
"An ordinary person should not be afraid of judges and courts when approaching the court; he should be able to tell the truth. Lawyers and judges have the responsibility to create a comfortable environment for litigants and other stakeholders," he said.
“We must remember that the center of any judicial system is the litigant, the person seeking justice,” CJI said, adding that “the use of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms such as mediation and arbitration will greatly help reduce the number of parties involved. It also reduces the need for dependence and lengthy arguments and judgments.