Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court Aravind Kumar, Justice of Supreme Court M.R.Shah, Justice J.B. Pardiwala and Justice Bela M. Trivedi provides necessary guidance to the judicial officers of the state in the first conference jointly organized by Gujarat State Legal Services Authority and Gujarat State Judicial Academy
Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel:-
Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court Aravind Kumar:-
Supreme Court Judge Justice MR Shah:-
Gandhinagar,Saturday: Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel while addressing at the first conference of Gujarat State Judicial Officers at Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Auditorium, Ahmedabad pointed out the need to keep the interest of each and every human being at the centre of justice. Chief Minister also said that, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi also has the same goal that maximum benefit is provided to the needy of the society through every welfare scheme.
The Chief Minister congratulated for organizing this conference in Gujarat for the first time. He further said that for good governance and rule of law in a democracy, if the legislature, the executive and the judiciary work in a complementary and independent manner, everyone will definitely benefit from justice and its process.
Chief Minister propounded that the courts of justice act as guardians of the rule of law and it is the duty of the judicial officers to maintain and enhance the faith of the people in the judiciary.
The Chief Minister clearly stated that Gujarat is the growth engine of the country today.Under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Gujarat has become a role model for development in every sector in the last 20 years. The main reason behind this is good governance in the state, i.e. quick, fair decision-making and good public business services and business environment, so there is maximum investment from the world and other states in the industrial sector Chief Minister proudly informed.
Not only this, the Chief Minister also mentioned that a competent justice system has also played an important role in ensuring peace and security in the state.
The Chief Minister said that the state government has always given priority to the law department and the judiciary. An all-inclusive budget allocation is made keeping in mind all the demands of the judiciary. In 2003-2004, the budget of the judiciary was only 140.19 crore. In the last twenty years a huge increase of about twelve hundred percent that is Rs. 1 thousand seven hundred and 40 crore of amount has been provided for this financial year.
The Chief Minister appreciated the admirable work done by the judiciary to give justice to the people even in the difficult times of pandemic and also congratulated them for their commendable work. He also expressed condolences to the family of those judges who were affected by COVID-19 and died during their judicial working.
Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court Aravind Kumar said that a Principal District Judge has a very important responsibility thus every judicial officer should be optimistic and positive. From saying ‘No I can’t’ to ‘Yes I can’ must be the approach adopted. He added.
The Chief Justice further said that when it comes to justice in Gujarat, Chief Minister as well as the Gujarat government are very supportive. Chief Minister approved 27 projects related to the judiciary in a single day when there was a meeting held in the past.
While detailing about the pending cases of various courts of the state, the Chief Justice called upon the judicial officers of the entire state to perform at a high level in terms of quality and quantity. It is the responsibility of every judicial officer to ensure that people get speedy and quality justice, that no one has to bother to seek justice. He added.
Supreme Court Judge Justice MR Shah said that District Judiciary is the pillar of Judiciary, the stronger it will be, will make the judiciary structure more stronger. Justice Shah added that the judiciary in Gujarat is getting full support from the government. Funds are immediately available for infrastructure. Gujarat has a very good image in this regard throughout the country.
Our first duty is to provide justice to the common man. Stating that speedy justice is everyone’s right, Justice Shah gave a mantra of 3 P’s – Preparation, Punctuality and Politeness – for good performance in court. Emphasizing introspection on delays in justice and backlog of cases, Justice Shah suggested that Delay in justice should also be avoided by adopting alternative justice methods. By forming committees like micro planning and scrutiny committee wastage of time of court can be avoided.
Supreme Court Justice J.B. Pardiwala in a virtual address said that the Judiciary has the responsibility of upholding the values enunciated in the Preamble of the Constitution. Court is the last resort of common man. Judiciary has to play the role of custodian of the Constitution. Judiciary is responsible for establishing social, economic and political equality in the society by protecting the constitutional values.
Justice Pardiwala advised the judges to become physically and mentally strong through meditation and yoga. Courts have to play the role of Court of Justice and not Court of Law. He added.
Supreme Court Judge Justice Bela M. Trivedi joined virtually. She said that It is necessary to work impartially in the judiciary. A little ignorance of a judge may be tolerated, but dishonesty is not tolerated. She further said that Judging is a tough task, but there is no substitute for hard work. District judicial is most vulnerable. They need to put in the hard yards to work under immense pressure situations. If you have faith in yourself and in the constitution, there is no need to fear from anyone.
In this one-day conference, Gujarat High Court Judge Justice A. J. Desai, Justice Sonia Gokani and other High Court Judges including State Advocate General Shri Kamal Trivedi, Gujarat State Judicial Service Association President, Ms. S.V. Pinto, Gujarat High Court Registrar General Shri R.K. Desai Besides, more than 900 judges and judicial officers of district and taluka level from across the state were present.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat