Grama Nyayalayas will help in reducing the pendency of cases in various courts in the country, said Kurian Joseph, Judge, Kerala High Court on Sunday.
He was speaking after inaugurating a discussion on Grama Nyayalayas, organised by the Kerala Legal Services Authority and the Local Self-Government Department, here.
The courts, which are to come up at the Block Panchayat level, would go a long way in delivering justice to the people. The establishment of the Grama Nyayalayas at the grassroots level will provide access to justice and that too at their doorsteps. As not many courts had been set up during the past one decade, the establishment of Grama Nyayalayas would ensure speedy delivery of justice, he said.
In his presidential address, P.R. Raman, Judge of the Kerala High Court, said that any failure in delivering of justice would lead to people losing faith in the system. Such delays also prompted people to seek illegal ways for redressing their grievances, he said.
The village courts would have the jurisdiction to try cases involving amounts up to Rs.50,000 and cases other than murder. They could try cases other than those which qualified for a maximum punishment of life imprisonment or imprisonment of up to 3 years or more, he said.
Presidents and secretaries of the block panchayats attended the discussion. There are 152 block panchayats in the State.
Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan and M.N. Krishnan, Judges of the Kerala High Court; C.P. Sudhakara Prasad, Advocate General; V.G. Govindan Nair, Director-General of Prosecution; C. Mohandas, Member Secretary, Kerala Legal Services Authority; A. Jayathilak, Commissioner for Rural Development; and K. Ramakanthan, Director, Kerala Institute for Local Administration, were among those who participated in the discussions.