Regional Court of Appeal could resolve Supreme Court waiting issue to some extent: Justice Subhash Reddy

While stressing the need to modernize procedural laws for a faster resolution of pending cases, Supreme Court Judge Subhash Reddy said on Tuesday that the creation of another court of appeal above the High Court, such as suggested earlier by the Attorney General of India, could solve the problem of pending cases to some extent.

However, Judge Reddy added that at the same time, the huge backlog of district courts must be addressed.

“I remember very recently that AG suggested another court of appeal above the High Court which can be a final court in ordinary civil and criminal matters by making appropriate constitutional amendments. suggestion may solve the problem to a certain extent but at the same time we must solve the problems to eliminate the huge wait of the district courts. ” Justice Reddy said he was speaking at the farewell event organized for him by the Supreme Court Bar Association.

AG KK Venugopal had suggested last year that four appeals court benches could be created with 15 judges each sitting across the country in order to reduce the burden on the Supreme Court. According to the GA, the Intermediate Court of Appeal will hear the case as a last resort and there will be no further appeal to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court will therefore only focus on questions of constitutional importance.

Today was Justice R Subhash Reddy’s last working day as a Supreme Court justice.

During his speech, Justice Reddy pointed out that all the courts in our country have a huge backlog of pending cases. Every year this backlog grows due to the increase in several types of litigation such as traffic accident claims, check rejection cases, domestic violence cases etc. Although the infrastructure is developed to a certain extent, the judiciary is unable to meet the aspirations of the litigants.

Justice Reddy said existing procedural laws are not designed to address the challenges courts face today. He added that the long traditional procedures prescribed in the 19th century for judging cases in a pre-industrial society must be modernized to meet the needs of a modern society.

“A number of studies have shown the benefits of a strong and efficient justice system. The degree of judicial independence is correlated with economic growth. Better performing courts have been shown to lead to more developed credit markets. A stronger judiciary is associated with the growth of large and small businesses. The justice system plays an important role in assessing the development of a nation “, he said.

Justice Reddy added: “Unless we can come up with comprehensive planning that gives timeframes for the elimination of cases, the current system may not work for present and future needs. It is high time that all stakeholders seriously thought about implementing drastic reforms bearing in mind the current needs of society. “

Justice Reddy explained how contentment and public confidence in the courts depend on the efficiency of the justice system. He said that while the judiciary enjoyed a high reputation for efficiency in the first half of the century, there was a gradual decline in the efficiency and quality of justice.

He added that there has been a rapid change in the values ​​of life and morals and need is replaced by greed. The deterioration of human values ​​has had an impact on the increase in cases and crimes.

Message to young members of the bar: Addressing young members of the Bar during his farewell speech, Justice Reddy said there is no other path to success for young lawyers than hard and honest work.

He said that the legal profession is a public profession, that a lawyer once he accepts the case not only represents his client but is also a servant of the public.

“Those who come in contact with you must be convinced that you are a gentleman, and that his cause is safe in your hands. Your client has trusted you, don’t care much about money, work with it. sincerity always look ahead and wait for rosy days, ”Judge Reddy said.

Justice Reddy also asked all lawyers to cultivate the habit of appearing in at least 5 legal aid cases each year.

Speaking at Judge Reddy’s farewell event, Chief Justice of India NV Ramana said that throughout his tenure, Justice Reddy has protected the rights of people through his judgments.

“I have personally witnessed his analytical skills on Bench while deciding cases like Anuradha Bhasin etc. He also displayed a purposeful and committed attitude on the administrative side. He has a deep interest in history, philosophy, culture, etc. ” CJI said

“Our values ​​are the greatest wealth and we must never forget the same. Judge Reddy’s journey will continue to inspire others. The separation is very emotional, especially when we have known someone for 4 decades. Retirement, c It is like freedom regained, especially for a judge. He is free from all the restrictions that come with his duties and can express his point of view on all matters. ” CJI added

Addressing the event, India’s Attorney General KK Venugopal said it was a travesty for Supreme Court justices to retire at age 65 and justices of the High Court retire at 62.

“Looking at our judges, I can say with conviction that they will be able to perform their duties as Apex Court judges fairly, equitably and competently. When lawyers aged 70-75 have no Difficulty presenting their case, why not SC judges retire at 70 and HC judges at 65, so that with all their experience and expertise they can do justice to the justice system. the higher judiciary and the Indian government are working together and developing a program for this purpose. “, said AG.

Elna M. Lemons