How to speed up judiciary

Let’s make India’s slow courts, currently exacting an enormous human and economic toll, world class
By Amitabh Kant – India ranks 178th among 189 countries on the Enforcing Contracts indicator, making it one of India’s worst performing indicators in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business study.

This largely accounts for India’s overall poor ranking and has acted as a major barrier for investments to India.

The glut of cases in the lower courts is where the root of the problem lies. Most importantly, we need to acknowledge it and monitor it on a continuing basis.

We need to have access to high resolution data on judicial processes at both the high court as well as the lower court level. A number of courts do not have data under the “Date filed” column, the most crucial piece for identifying delays.

The quality of data is circumspect and is non-uniform between courts, which use different abbreviations, categorization, and formats which makes comparing data between courts an arduous and costly process. Significant progress has been made towards computerization of courts.

However, computerization must include within its ambit the standardization of data collection across courts and not merely computerization within silos. more>

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