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Soon: Fully computer-accessible lower courts plus elite Indian Legal Service

The Law Ministry’s Rs 4,000 crore-expenditure on court computerisation is set to make lower court orders and judgements available at the click of the mouse as government proposes an IAS-like judicial cadre to plug judicial delays along with a host of other reforms.

Union law minister Veerappa Moily talked about rolling out plans for an Indian Legal Service (ILS) for public sector unit (PSU) representation and 5,000 gram nyayalayas that have been set up so far, while inaugurating Nagpur District Bar Association’s anniversary function.

The proposal for setting up the ILS was first mooted last year by the law ministry in June.

The Times of India reported: “The minister also assured the government's initiative to reform the judicial system would ensure that by 2013 no litigation goes on for more than three years which as on date can go on for 15 to 20 years.

“The government plans to spend Rs 20,000 crore in coming five years to achieve this object. We propose to establish a national judicial service (NJS) cadre on the lines of IAS and IPS. A fourth of post of judges will be filled through NJS. Fresh graduates will be trained to become judges. This will reduce vacancies in judiciary and give chance to young graduates to serve the nation. Information technology (IT) will also be used to reduce pendencies."

The Moily government had been allocated Rs 5,000 crore for the state judiciary upon recommendations of the finance commission in addition to Rs 1,470 as planning commission grants.

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