<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday cautioned three organs of the state – the judiciary, executive and legislature – to be careful to “not cross into each other’s finely-defined spaces.” Speaking at the inauguration of two-day National Law Day Conference, the President said, “All three organs of the state – the judiciary, executive and legislature – need to be careful not to cross into each other’s finely-defined spaces. Or give the opportunity to read transgressions even when none is intended.” Sometimes extraneous comments and ‘obiter dicta’ come to dominate public debates, crowding out a substantive understanding and deliberation of a well thought-out judgement, he said.
ALSO READ President Kovind gives nod to ordinance to amend InsolvencyThe conference is being organised by the Law Commission and the Niti Aayog to mark the National Law Day. The National Law Day is celebrated on November 26, the day on which the Constitution of India was adopted by the Constituent Assembly in 1949. The President also drew attention to non-affordability of legal services by the poor in the country.
ALSO READ Ram Nath Kovind completes 100 days as president”While we take pride in our courts, it is a paradox that the poor often shy away from a legal battle, worried about duration and cost. And the well-off sometimes use the judicial process to delay resolution to issues they simply do not want resolved,” he said. “The time has come to examine the issue of adjournments and whether they are to be limited just to absolute emergencies – or continue to be allowed to be used for tactical delays by one party or the other,” he added. He said steps such as enhancing legal literacy, simplifying legal rules, easier language while delivering judgements, quick availability of certified translated copies of High Court judgements in the local language will take justice closer to ordinary citizens.President Kovind also called for the judiciary “to be judicious in being representative of the diversity of our country.” He highlighted that besides “unacceptably low representation: of OBCs, SCs and STs, of 17,000 judges in the subordinate courts, High Courts and the Supreme Court, only about 4,700 are women.Without in any manner compromising on quality, we need to take measures to remedy this situation, he said.The 2-day conference on National Law Day among other things will see deliberation on collegium system and balancing the separation of power between judiciary and Parliament.Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver the valedictory address at the conference on Sunday. The conference will also be addressed by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.