IMS Law College, Noida participated in a National conference on “Strengthening Economy through Judicial Reforms” on 10th February 2015 at Le- Meridian , New Delhi. It was a part of ongoing effort by ASSOCHAM to catalyze the development of our economy through the process of reforms. The conference was attended by Dr. Niti Sinha (HoD Law) and Ms. Anjum |Hassan (Faculty Law) from IMS Law College, Noida wherein the inaugural address was delivered by Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda, Hon’ble Minister for Law & Justice, Govt. of India.
The august panel in the inaugural session was constituted by distinguish stalwarts from legal & corporate domain wherein the key note speaker & guest of honor was Hon’ble Mr. Justice Mukul Mudgal, formal Chief Justice , High Court of Punjab and Haryana. One of the biggest challenges for the economic development of India is huge pendency of cases in India courts and the consequential delayed disposal of cases. Because of the said delay in disposal of cases, Crores of money is held up in various courts of India. Even today the Indian business men are not able to believe that in case of a business dispute they can get justice through courts within a reasonable time. Foreign Investors and business men even though choose foreign seat of arbitration, they require a long time to enforce their awards in India soil. Young entrepreneurs become bankrupt if they end up in a business dispute because the case may take 10 to 20 years to get a final order. Hence the need of the hour is Judicial reforms to strengthen economy.
Even though there are many issues in this area the following are important points which require immediate consideration by the government: The inaugural session was followed by two technical sessions chaired by Mr. R.K. Handoo, Sr. Adv. & chairman, ASSOCHAM National Council on legal affairs. The conference primarily focused on how to escalate & amplify Indian economy by bringing judicial reforms through various innovative approaches to tackle large pendency of cases in the courts, by making effective & purposeful changes in judicial recruitment process and by developing and training efficient & skillful managerial court staff to manage the court proceedings effectively so that the judges are only bestowed with the duty of discharging judicial functions efficiently. Broadly, the summit deliberated on the following topics.
a) Need to multiply the number of judges in all levels including high court and supreme court of India and bring down the pendency of the courts to only one year
b) Changes in judicial recruitment process
c) Need to encourage arbitration in India
d) Making judiciary self sufficient in terms of financial aspects (legal aid)
e) Do we require expert judges and benches in the HC and SC of India?
f) Can India become a international arbitration hub?
The deliberations at the Conference can serve as a game-changer and help authorities in addressing the apprehensions and issues raised by different stakeholders.