Inspector General of Police (Western Range) Gopal B. Hosur said on Monday that steps should be taken to clear the nearly four crore legal cases pending in various courts of the country.

He was presiding over the inauguration of “Bruhat Lok Adalat” organised by the District Legal Services Authority and Udupi Bar Association here.

Mr. Hosur said that this meant that nearly 60 per cent of the population in the country were visiting courts for one or another purpose. However, the functioning of the courts could be improved by giving importance to three factors such as infrastructure, human resource and procedure.

Many court buildings were old and in dilapidated condition. It was necessary to have new buildings for courts. There should be enough judges, advocates and court staff manning the courts. The human resource in courts should be of highest quality, Mr. Hosur said. At present, the procedures in courts were intimidating to the common man. People found even police stations and Government offices intimidating. This should change and people-friendly atmosphere should be created in these places. Dispensation of justice should be quick so that people retained their faith in courts. Enforcement agencies and infrastructure were causing the delay in the disposal of cases. “Society should also contribute to solving the pending cases,” he said.

The four major problems facing the coastal districts were naxalism, terrorism, underground activities and communal disharmony. The police had managed to check these problems through prompt action. There were 39 incidents of communal discord last year, but not a single such case had been reported so far. Inaugurating the programme, District and Sessions Judge Narendrakumar B. Gunaki said that 20,003 cases were pending in the district as on June 1. The cooperation of judges, advocates and litigants was essential to solve them, he said.

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