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Chandigarh judicial courts complex adjudged best in the country, Delhi at second place

Y.S.Rana | August 13, 2019 01:12 PM

CHANDIGARH:  Of all the states and union territories (UTs) in the country, only the district courts in Chandigarh and Delhi fulfill the infrastructure guidelines set by the National Court Management Systems (NCMS) Committee in 2012, according to a new report by the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, a think-tank.

While Chandigarh has achieved 100 per cent infrastructure guidelines followed by Delhi with 90 per cent states the report. Bihar (26 per cent), Manipur (29 per cent) and Nagaland (29 per cent) were the worst performers in providing infrastructure guidelines as set by the NCMS, says the report.  Out of 29 States and seven Union Territories across the country, only five States and four Union Territories were able to get an overall score of more than 60 per cent (the number of states has decreased to 28 and union territories increased to nine after August 6,2019 with deletion of Article 370, Jammu and Kashmir is no longer a State but a union territory and Ladakh is now also a union territory too).       

Each district court was assessed based on nine parameters such as getting there, navigation, waiting areas, hygiene, barrier-free access, case display, amenities, security and the court WebSite.   

It was found that most of the district courts elsewhere were not accessible for persons with disabilities and 60 per cent of these did not have a fully functional washroom, the reports stated.                                                  

To ascertain whether the courts are accessible for senior citizens and for people with disabilities, the survey examined three basic features--ramps and elevators, presence of visual aids, and washrooms for persons with disabilities. Only two per cent of the courts had visual aids, 11per cent had designated washrooms and 27 per cent ad ramps and elevators.

The 2012 NCMS guidelines had set out a detailed plan for court infrastructure with an aim to tackle the high number of pending cases. 'One of the most important factors contributing to the mounting arrears is the lack of an adequate number of judges and the requisite infrastructure,' the introduction to the guidelines said.

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