National Litigant Bench Launched
470, 19 th Main, 36 th Cross, 4 th T Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore – 560041
National Litigant Bench (NLB), is a novel initiative promoted by concerned and knowledgeable youth to represent the cause of hapless litigants who approach Judiciary to mitigate their problems as last resort, but are drawn into the system unwittingly. Activists from across the country deliberated on the core issues concerning about more than 5 crore litigants who loiter around the corridors of Courts wasting precious time and energy, some at the peak of their productive age.
NLB's mission is to:
· Create Awareness and Awakening of the General Litigant on the problems faced at Court room
· Transparent Judicial Appointments on merit and moral values
· Redefine the input source to Judiciary like Indian Judicial System (IJS) similar to IAS,IPS etc.
· Bring about Litigant friendly procedures and process resulting in self service
· Address Imperialist attitude of intimidation by the Bar & Bench on all Litigants especially economical weaker section.
The objective of this conference is to identify the Judicial reforms from a Litigant's perspective to create awareness about Litigant's choices and options and expose the challenges/pitfalls in the system. Deliberation of this Conference is on National Judicial Commission to include:
· Appointment of Judges through Indian Judicial Services
· Litigant grievances/ compliant on Judges ( from the current impeachment)
· Redefine the procedure code
· Reforms in the legal education
· Research on interpretation of law
· Deployment of Technology to enable ‘Information on Demand' to stakeholders.
Resolution passed and demand sought from the Government on Judicial Reforms
1. NLB to constitute five regional bench's in North, South, East, West & Central.
2. To establish National judicial Commission in line with Election Commission for regulating Judicial dispensation, appointment, Infrastructure, Procedure, disciplinary . Proceedings in the country
a. Emulate code of conduct, ethics and professional standards for legal profession
b. Redefine litigant friendly forms and procedure for Criminal ; Civil & Tax Code
c. Judges Accountability – Litigant Grievance Redressal.
3. Establish Indian Judicial Services inline with IAS,IFS, IPS etc to improve the quality of judicial dispensation.
4. Demand entry age at 26 and retirement exit at 55 years and permit the judges to practice so as to attract youth who are connected with the society.
5. Make budgetary allocation of min of 2% of both central and state budget to and enhance adq. Infra and improve work condition of Judiciary.
6. Implement Grama Nayalaya Act a brainchild of “NAC – National Advisory Council”.
7. Redefine litigant friendly forms and procedure for Crimal & Civil & Tax Coded
8. Stop Tribunalization of Judiciary which ensures govt. cases are conducted in fast track to collect taxes and common man is discriminated.
9. Stop Appointment of retired Judges to Commission and other agencies.
10. Implement technology to enable transparency and information –on-demand.
11. Amend Bar Council of India Act to improve the professional ethics and conduct & lawyer appearing at police station.
12. Amend laws to make to encourage ‘Party-in-person' to represent/plead their cases.
13. Implement Perjury & Contempt of Court to resist misuse of law by courts.
14. Implement of ‘Limitation Act' in true letter and sprits.
15. Implement ‘Basic Law' in School Education.
16. Conduct sensitization program for Judges towards litigants needs and to be receptive and sensitive to the litigants.
17. Stop Judiciary's control over Alternate Dispute Resolution Forums.
18. Stop Misuse of provisions by Judiciary in matters relating to
c. Check bounce case;
d. Dalit atrocities cases;
e. Insurance Claims Fraud (MCOP);
f. IPC 506 (ii);
g. Matrimonial disputes
h. Bail proceedings converted into Recovery proceedings.
We request the media to give adequate publicity and to create awareness to the general public on the current status of the Judiciary.
Representative from following Chapter including Delhi, Punjab & Chandigarh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala , Singapore and Europe were presented for the Conference.
Copy of this Resolution is sent to concerned law minister of state and Union Law Minister.
( Manoj David )
Phone: Manoj David ( 098403-24551); Ajay Pandey ( 096204-39797 )
PRO Contact: Gokul ( 096334-09355)