More courts to be set up: Isaac

Staff Reporter

ALAPPUZHA: Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac has said that since it is vital for the State to have more courts, the government will prepare a plan on how many new courts will be set up in the next five years.

Delivering the keynote address at the launch of the construction work of a new building for the District Court and Bar Association office here on Friday, Dr. Isaac said that however, lack of funds for construction of buildings was a constraint. Taxes would serve only to pay salaries and loans were necessary to take up construction work. However, a cap on taking loans was hindering all such efforts.

Still, the Government had accorded permission for 14 new court buildings in the present fiscal and hoped to continue this in the coming fiscal as well, he said.

Kerala High Court Acting Chief Justice P.R. Raman said the lack of adequate number of courts and subsequent delays in settlement of cases had led to people looking for other avenues and agencies to accomplish their tasks and avail of justice.

A situation where the public loses trust in the judiciary would be dangerous and hence, it was imperative that the number of courts be increased for speedy settlement of cases, he said. District Sessions Judge K.K. Uttharan presided over. Public Works Minister P.J. Joseph, High Court Judge S. Sirijagan, A.A. Shukoor, MLA, and P.P. Chitharanjan, Municipal Chairman also spoke.