PM raises pendency issue,asks courts to highlight oldest cases

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Patna, Mar 12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday mooted a novel idea of courts coming out with an annual bulletin to highlight the oldest cases being tried by them to help create sensitivity on pendency of cases in the country.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of centenary celebrations  of Patna High Court, he also sought suggestions on making the bar, bench and courts tech-savvy by injecting digital technology in their functioning.

“I have to make a suggestion on an idea I just thought about and that is can our courts every year bring out a bulletin that highlights the oldest cases pending before them. Some may be 40 years or 50 years old and that could create sensitivity among people on the pendency of cases in the court. This would inspire others to do something about the pendency. It is not wrong to do so. This could help create an atmosphere to come out of the problem of pendency of case,” he said addressing the gathering.

Talking about advent of technology in all spheres, the Prime Minister said that earlier, a lot of time was spent on doing research in legal field whereas now one can google anything in a short time.

“Now we have something that we did not have earlier – the power of technology. How much techno-savvy can we make the bar, the bench and the courts by injecting digital technology in their functioning and help work towards improving the quality of judgments and arguments by using technology actively,” he said.

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