Staff Reporter

It will be ready in 10 months' time, says Madras High Court Chief Justice

ERODE: Chief Justice of the Madras High Court A. P. Shah said on Monday that Erode would soon have an additional court complex on the district court premises.

Addressing advocates here, Justice Shah said the complex would be ready in 10 months.

He said computerisation of the judiciary would begin at the taluk level. The filing of cases would be automated; so would be the status of cases. And, the issue of certified copies of orders would not take days but hours.

Terming the backlog of cases serious, Mr. Shah said there was an "enormous" delay in disposal of cases, especially in the lower judiciary, which suffered from poor infrastructure and shortage of judges.

As part of the efforts to clear the backlog, infrastructure was being augmented. The executive had sanctioned Rs. 350 crore, which would be spent on creating new buildings.

On the creation of new courts and the increase in the strength of judges, the Chief Justice said 200 new courts would be created. Fifty new magistrate posts would be created. This was because judges of the lower courts, supposed to handle only between 1,000 and 1,500 files, were overloaded with 5,000 files.