Supreme Court Judge J. Chalameswar has stressed the need for establishment of more courts to reduce the pendency of cases.

Addressing legal fraternity during the silver jubilee celebrations of the Munsif Magistrate Court (MMC) here on Saturday, Justice Chalameswar said the number of courts should be commensurate with population but the actual situation was not so due to various reasons.

He said the smaller than required number of courts was hampering quick disposal of cases. People, who are directly or indirectly affected by this inadequacy of the judicial system, have to demand that the gap should be bridged lest cases should be settled out of courts.

Justice Chalameswar exhorted lawyers and judicial officers to keep themselves abreast of the developments in law and issues of jurisprudence to be able to successfully face the challenges that come up every day.

He called upon the people to make use of the Alternative Dispute Redressing mechanism for amicable settlement of disputes.

District Portfolio Judge L. Narasimha Reddy, Bar Association president K. Kennedy, secretary K. Satyanarayana and others participated.

The MMC here was inaugurated on April 11, 1987 and it had shifted from a rented accommodation to its own building in 2003 constructed at a cost of Rs 45 lakh.

The court had since adjudicated thousands of disputes. A good number of them pertained to faction conflicts.