Odisha providing adequate infra support to judicial institutions: CM

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Cuttack, May 08: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Sunday said his government is continuously providing adequate infrastructure support to the Judicial institutions in the State.

Addressing the centennial celebration function of the Orissa High Court here, the Chief Minister said State government was committed to the overall strengthening and development of the justice delivery system.

“The Government has rendered all assistance and financial support for infrastructural development of the courts in the state. We have established 30 first class judicial magistrate courts for ensuring speedy trial of offences against women in the State,” Patnaik said .

The Chief Minister said another 26 First Class additional courts of Judicial Magistrate have been set up in remote and topographically challenging areas of the State.

“Odisha has established rural courts to cater to the rural population. A modern court complex of the Orissa High Court has been constructed and an impressive Odisha Judicial Academy has been set up for the capacity building of Judicial Officers, he added.

The Orissa High Court, the Odisha Public Service Commission, and the State Government together have ensured that the Odisha Judicial Service Examination is held regularly and vacancies of the subordinate Judiciary are filled up every year, Patnaik said adding,”We have also taken up the issue of filling up of  vacant judges positions in the Orissa High Court with the Union Government.”

In other words, our Government is committed to having a smoothly functioning judicial system that delivers justice to all sections of society in the State, the Chief Minister said.

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The importance of judiciary in a democratic society can hardly be exaggerated, he said and added, it administers justice, protects the rights of the citizens and acts as an interpreter and the guardian of the Constitution.

“Upholding the rule of law and making every citizen equal before the law is one of the primary responsibilities of the judiciary. I believe that our courts have largely succeeded in fulfilling this responsibility,” the Chief Minister said.

He recalled the contribution of Utkal Gourav Madhusudan Das and his prophecy in May 1916 that the Circuit Court of Patna High Court for Odisha will one day result in setting up of a permanent High Court.

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