Shimla, April 27: Himachal Pradesh Government has decided to open National Law University near Ghanahatti, 15 km from the state capital, in collaboration with the High Court, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said.
"Law students must be imparted world class education to prepare them for serving the justice delivery system in the best possible way," Singh said while inaugurating the three-day Regional Judicial Conference of North Zone States on 'strengthening Justice Delivery System: Tools and Techniques', here today.
"Besides the law university, the government was also setting up a state of the art Judicial Academy at Shimla to ensure constant upgradation of knowledge of the judicial officers which will go a long way in strengthening the justice delivery system in the state," he added.
The chief minister lauded the services of the Fast track Courts and also expressed satisfaction over the reducing number of pending cases in the Subordinate Courts.
"I am happy to learn that the percentage of more than five year old cases in the Subordinate Courts has fallen below eight per cent," and added that there was a need for case-specific determination regarding what would amount to a timely disposal of the case.
Singh lauded the State Legal Services Authority for doing a commendable job in spreading the legal literacy and providing free legal aid to the poor.
"There is no denying of the fact that the Judiciary has performed well but is under strain due to huge pendency and delay in disposal of cases which is a cause of great concern," he said adding that delay in "timely justice" amounts to denial of "justice".
Urging the Judiciary to adopt latest IT enabled tools, the chief minister said that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is an integral part of governance and the judiciary cannot stay aloof from this revolution which was bound to increase the efficiency of courts. Chief Justice of Himachal High Court, Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir on the occasion thanked the state government for fulfilling all demands to open the law university, land for which has been identified.
Mir said that the HP Judiciary was one of the best as suggested in report number 245 of Law Commission of India and said that Himachal was the sixth in ranking among states whose pendency of cases was less than five years, right from the sub-ordinate courts in the districts. He said that this year the HP High Court had disposed over 28,000 cases and efforts were on to clear backlog of the remaining soon.