'Speed justice' in India clears 100,000 cases in one day

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    'Speed justice' in India clears 100,000 cases in one day

    India's notoriously slow courts system cleared more than 100,000 cases in one day in a 'speed justice' marathon to try to reduce what is believed to be the world's biggest legal backlog.

    The cases were settled in a 'Lok Adalat' or 'people's court' in the capital New Delhi, including some who had waited more than seven years for justice.
    Several hundred judges, including 260 at the Delhi High Court alone, sat at seven courts to settle an estimated 10,000 cases per hour in what critics and supporters alike have called 'speed justice.'

    The 'people's court' initiative was adopted amid growing complaints at the backlog in the Indian legal system, where some cases are still awaiting a verdict more than four decades after they were first launched.
    There are more than 31 million legal cases pending in India, which one High Court judge said would take an estimated 320 years to clear at the current rate. India needs 50 judges for every million of its 1.1 billion people, but there are currently only 10 judges per million.
    The 'Lok Adalat' system is a voluntary 'alternative dispute resolution' system or 'people's court' where both parties agree to an instant verdict.
    One man was awarded £14,000 for injuries he received in a car accident in 2003. Many of those in court were people who had traffic offences hanging over them for several years and were relieved to be able to put it behind them.
    M. N. Krishnamani, former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, said incompetence among the country's judges was the main factor for the huge backlog.
    "The main reason is the incompetence of the judges. The main cause of the incompetence is the selection process. No criteria except that the person should be a lawyer for 10 years has been laid down. Then most of the appointments are made on the [basis of] personal connections and references of senior judges," he said.

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