Hyderabad: The Minister for Law and Courts, Mr Erasu Prathap Reddy, on Thursday informed that “Grama Nyayalayalu” (village courts) would be set up at mandal headquarters within two or three months in the State.
Speaking at a Media Conference in the Secretariat here, Mr E Prathap Reddy said that “Grama Nyayalayalu” will be set up in the mandals which have at least 200 cases pending in the courts. As per statistics, 139 mandals were identified to set up “Grama Nyayalayalu”. The expenditure for each “Grama Nyayalayalam” would be Rs 8 lakhs per annum. The Centre and the State governments would bear the expenditure in the ratio of 70 and 30 per cent. The “Grama Nyayalayalu” would have powers to impose fine up to Rs 10,000 and imprisonment up to two years to the culprits. He exuded confidence that “Grama Nyayalayalu” would help in speedy disposal of cases and strengthening of the Courts.
“The State government has also decided to extend the term of 108 Fast Track Courts, whose term expired on March 31, 2011, for one year that would cause financial burden of Rs 15 crores per annum. Under Central Scheme, 108 Fast Track Courts, including 78 courts in the cadre of Additional District and Session Judges and 30 Courts in the cadre of Senior Civil Judges have been established in 2001 in the State for five years for disposal of the pending cases and the Centre has also extended their term for five more years till March 31, 2011.
Keeping in view the pendency of the cases, the Chief Minister has accepted for extension of the term of the Fast Track Courts for another year. Hence, the State will totally finance the Fast Track Courts”, the Minister stated.
Expressing satisfaction over the functioning of the Fast Track Courts, the Minister said that 108 Fast Track Courts have disposed of 1,994,073 cases out of 2,29,623 cases leaving balance of 35,550.
Referring to the shortage of judges, the Minister said that examination was already conducted for recruitment of 35 District Junior Judges and notification was released for filling of 64 Junior Civil Judges. Under 13th Finance Commission, 1450 Junior Civil Judge Courts and 116 Second Class Civil Judge Courts would commence functioning in the next month, he added. (NSS)