We all know justice delayed is as good as justice denied, due to heaviness of pending cases, backbone of our judiciary system is broken in the courts of our country but it is not as easy to understand without clarification as to what actually meant by the delay in justice. The Indian justice system is one of the most important pillars of the Indian democracy. But for all its power, it remains erratic, under-staffed and above all slow. The Indian Judicial system is in urgent need of reforms if we are to continue to strengthen our society that lives within a framework of fair justice for all. India has the dubious distinction of having the world’s largest number of pending cases.
Supreme Court of India has 1,58,669 cases pending as on June 1, 2019 and 43.55 lakh cases are pending in high court and out of these, 18.75 lakh relate to civil matters and 12.15 lakh are criminal cases.
Causes for Delay in Justice-
The hopelessly inadequate number of judges and also courts in the country is undoubtedly one of the major reasons for such delay.
2. The incompetency and inefficiency of judges.
3. The habit of taking adjournment by the lawyers is another reason behind the delay.
4. Endless amendment of laws
5. Absence of work culture in the courts
6. Inadequate quality of justice not only promotes peace in the society but also weaken the internal security of the country.
7. Delay commences at the time and date of the petitioner filing his suit itself.
8. Delay gets aggravated by the non – cooperation of the conspicuous absent in most of the cases.
9. Delay is further aggravated by either party by not appearing for cross examination.