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Sonowal inaugurates new academic building of Judicial Academy, Assam CM reaffirms support to speedy, efficient and quality justice delivery system

Sonowal inaugurates new academic building of Judicial Academy, Assam CM reaffirms support to speedy, efficient and quality justice delivery system

Sonowal inaugurates new academic building of Judicial Academy, Assam CM reaffirms support to speedy, efficient and quality justice delivery system

Dispur, February 24: Reaffirming state government's resolve to support a speedy, efficient and quality justice delivery system to surmount the various challenges faced by the Judiciary, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today inaugurated the new Academic Building of Judicial Academy, Assam at Amingaon in Guwahati within the campus of National Law University and Judicial Academy (NLUJA) in the presence of Supreme Court judges Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sharad Arvind Bode, Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court Justice Ajit Singh and many other legal luminaries.

While inaugurating the Academic Building Chief Minister Sonowal expressed hope that this new institution would be a centre of excellence in legal education, training and research. "In our endeavour to mould the administration towards minimum government and maximum governance, the role of adequate and periodic training to the judicial officers is of paramount importance. This assumes even more importance due to constant evolution of legal principle, laws and norms of justice", the Chief Minister said adding that the new academic building constructed with an amount of Rs. 20 crore would cater to the need of quality legal education to the judicial officers of the state.

Stating that the new initiative signifies state government's sincere efforts for developing the justice delivery system, Chief Minister Sonowal said that the judicial sector in Assam has witnessed a sea change in recent times due to the addition to the existing infrastructure. "The process of infrastructure development of the judiciary is going on at the satisfactory pace in the state and at present projects amounting to nearly 300 crores are being implemented", he said. Sonowal further mentioned that the basic aim for the increased outlay in the sector is to provide judiciary, especially the subordinate judiciary, with quality infrastructure so that speedy justice can be delivered.

Underscoring the enormous faith and reputation that judiciary enjoys in the country amongst the people, the Chief Minister said that the administrative machinery is kept on right track by the judiciary through various significant pronouncements. He also urged the judiciary to stand by the weakest of the weak and also to initiate steps for making people legally more conscious.

"Judicial officers must attune themselves with the new technologies and be more abreast with new age crimes and focus more on research in legal education", he emphasized.

Highlighting the huge numbers of pending cases in the courts, the Chief Minister called for the judiciary to work in a mission mode for disposal of the pending cases. The Chief Minister also emphasized speedy settlement of disputes in commercial courts to keep up the momentum of investor-friendly environment generated by the government through the recently concluded Global Investors Summit in Assam.

Senior judge of Supreme Court of India Justice Ranjan Gogoi while delivering his speech spoke about the importance of in-service training for judicial officers to enhance their ability and efficiency. He also acknowledged the role played by the North East Judicial Officers' Training Institute in molding the judicial officers in the northeastern region since 1981.

Justice Gogoi said that constant renewal and reinvention is utterly imperative and if judicial officers would not recognize the need of the ever-evolving society it is bound to a disservice to the society. He hoped that the new academic building of the Judicial Academy would serve as an impetus to the new judicial officers to think and serve positively.

Saying that unless judicial officers constantly renovate their thinking, the justice delivery system can't improve, Justice Gogoi underlining the enormous challenges of the northeastern region in terms of geographical aloofness, infrastructural bottlenecks, and parental neglect and maintained the view that these challenges also touch the justice delivery system.

Justice Gogoi also called upon the judicial officers to rethink their priorities and redefine the tools and reassess the need of the people they cater to. Expressing high hopes on the Judicial Academy, Justice Gogoi said that the academy would inculcate the sense of right and wrong amongst the judicial officers by installing moral compass.

Supreme Court judge Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde while speaking on the occasion said that judicial academy builds the character of judges which determines the administration of justice. Justice Bobde also suggested conducting training for state government officers on relevant laws by the academy in collaboration with Government of Assam.

Justice Bobde also highlighted four most important qualities of a judge and advised the judicial officers to hear cautiously, to work wisely, to consider soberly and to decide impartially. He also underlined the importance of the adequate amount of rest for a better and healthy life.

Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court Justice Ajit Singh and judge of Gauhati High Court Justice Hrishikesh Roy also delivered the speech on the occasion.

While Director of the Judicial Academy Justice (Retd.) A C Upadhyay delivered the welcome speech, the vote of thanks was offered by Chief Secretary Vinod Kumar Pipersenia.

Many retired and present judges of the Gauhati High Court, Vice Canceller of NLUJA Prof. S C Patil, Advocate General of Assam Ramesh Chandra Barpatra Gohain, Chief Minister's Legal Adviser Shantanu Bharali, judicial officers, government officials and host of other dignitaries were present on the occasion.