New Delhi:

Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud on Sunday said the Supreme Court has played its role as a "Lok Adalat" and citizens should not be afraid to approach courts or see it as a last resort. "Just as the Constitution allows us to resolve political differences through established democratic institutions and processes, the court system helps in resolving many disagreements through established principles and procedures.

"As such, every case in every court of the country is an extension of the constitutional regime," the CJI said at the inauguration of the 'Constitution Day' celebrations at the apex court. Supreme Court judges Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Sanjiv Khanna, Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal and several other dignitaries attended the function. "In the last seven decades, the Supreme Court of India has functioned as a Lok Adalat. Thousands of citizens have knocked on its doors with the belief that they will get justice through this institution."

He said citizens approach the court with the hope of protection of their personal liberty, accountability against unlawful arrests, protection of rights of bonded labourers, demand for protection of their land by tribals, prevention of social evils like manual scavenging and intervention to get clean air. "These cases are not just quotes or figures for the court. These cases match the expectations of the people from the apex court as well as the court's own commitment to deliver justice to the citizens," he said.

He said the apex court is perhaps the only court in the world where any citizen can write a letter to the CJI giving impetus to the constitutional machinery of the Supreme Court. He said that apart from ensuring justice to citizens through its judgments, the apex court is making constant efforts to ensure that its administrative processes are citizen-centric, so that people feel connected with the functioning of the courts.

"People should not be afraid to approach the courts or see it as a last resort. I hope that with our efforts, citizens of every class, caste and creed can trust our judicial system and see it as a fair and effective platform for the exercise of rights," he said. Justice Chandrachud said the courts are now "live streaming" their proceedings and the decision has been taken with an aim to make citizens aware that the courtrooms are closed. What's going on inside.

"Continuous media reporting about court proceedings indicates public participation in the functioning of courtrooms," he said, adding that the apex court has also decided to translate its judgments into regional languages with the help of artificial intelligence (AI) and technology. "The apex court has delivered 25,2023 judgments in English from the date of its first meeting till November 36, 068, but proceedings in our district courts are not conducted in English," the CJI said.

The CJI said all these decisions are available free of cost on the e-SCR platform. The platform was launched in January this year. "Today, we are launching e-SCR in Hindi, as 21,388 decisions have been translated into Hindi, checked and uploaded on the e-SCR portal," he said.

Talking about technology and its use by the judiciary, he also mentioned the launch of 'e-Seva Kendras' in courts to ensure that no citizen is left behind in the judicial process. The CJI said that on Constitution Day last year, the President had expressed concern over overcrowding in prisons and the marginalised sections of the society. He said, "... I want to assure you (the President) that we are constantly working to ensure that legal procedures become easier and simpler, so that citizens are not unnecessarily locked up in jails.

Justice Chandrachud said version 2.0 of the 'Fast and Secure Transmission of Electronic Records' (FASTER) application, which ensures that the judicial order of release of a person is immediately transferred electronically to the jail authorities, district courts and high courts so that the person concerned can be released in time.

"When the country already celebrates Independence Day and Republic Day, why a separate Constitution Day? "The answer lies in the success of our democracy as compared to the countries that achieved independence from colonialism along with India," he added, adding that India not only upheld its Constitution, but people imbibed it as a symbol of their aspirations. "The celebration of Constitution Day is a symbol of the social life of an independent nation," the CJI said.

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