Saturday, 6 April 2019

500 Words Essay on Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

500 Words Essay on Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

The basis on which the entire system of doing justice stands in India is that even if a hundred criminals go scot-free, there should not be one innocent who should be wrongly convicted. However, this principle can be executed at leisure. It requires a very long time to establish the real criminal. Many cases have been pending in courts for decades and judgement on them is still not is sight. It is this situation which leads to say that justice delayed is justice denied.

The litigants and advocates take advantage of this principle and hinder the finalization of cases to infinitive only in the name of satisfaction to litigants. Such cases of delayed justice are numerous. The most significant of them are : long procedures, permission of adjournments, right to appeal, and the long time taken by the courts to start hearing the case.

Long procedures are felt necessary because adequate and foolproof evidence is required to establish the guilt of an accused. Passing judgements without giving proper attention to relevant evidence and its authentication by the scientific departments in the form of medical evidence, DNA tests and investigations would only lead to meeting out of injustice in the name of hurry. The parties involved are allowed to seek adjournment of proceedings, but that is necessary since justice should not only be meted out but also it should appear to be so.

Another procedure which consumes much time is the appeal. Often the losing party seeks to appeal in the higher court of law or authority. Denying such a right too would only make the persons concerned as having been denied justice.

However, the causes mentioned above are necessary so far as operation of justice is concerned. Delay also occurs due to inadequate infrastructure on the part of the government. The number of judges even in the Supreme Court and the high courts are inadequate keeping in view the number of cases pending before them; leave alone the situation in the district and lower courts of justice across the country. If the number of judges is increased, malady would be addressed immediately to a great extent, because the date for the next hearing can be given on a sooner than later date. It would enable the aggrieved party not to pass his entire life in the hope of getting justice, which might still elude him in death.

In addition to increasing the number of judges in courts of law, a few other steps can be taken to hasten justice. In many revenue and criminal cases, multiple cases are filed in different courts. It results in almost double time being employed to solve basically the same case which the other court is trying. All such cases should be tried in the same court so that a uniform action is taken and no conflicting verdicts are passed.

Whatever time it may take to mete out justice, it should be borne in mind that ‘hurry spoils curry’. It is justice which should be given, and it should be made by the State to reduce the time taken by the courts, but not at the cost of the quality of justice. It is also felt that a large number of cases can be settled amicably in the social institutions such as ‘gram panchayats’; and an endeavour should be made to strengthen the panchayati raj institutions so that workload on the courts can be reduced.   

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