Sunday August 12 2007 15:05 IST
KOLLAM: Supreme Court Chief Justice K.G.Balakrishnan has exhorted the legal fraternity to encourage the people for out of court settlements of their cases to save the judicial system from crumbling under the burden of backlog cases.
He was inaugurating the year-long centenary celebrations of the Kollam Bar Association at NSS Auditorium in Anandavalleeswaram here on Saturday.
He said senior lawyers and retired judicial officers should be engaged to settle the cases out of court. Emphasising on the service element of the legal profession, Justice Balakrishnnan said the advocates’ profession warranted a social commitment.
Undertrial prisoners could plead guilty and get themselves released from jail if they had already undergone the imprisonment for more than a period of the maximum punishment.
The lawyers could advise the accused in this regard and thereby help administering justice, he said.
He said it was equally significant for the lawyers to advise the clients against litigation in cases lacking merit.
He said the legal fraternity need not be unduly concerned about the increase in number of lawyers as there was also an increase in the number of cases. Over 98 lakh cases are pending in the High Courts alone.
Supreme Court also had a backlog of 43000 cases, he said.
THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS