Calling for an “arrears
free judicial institution”, he expressed concern over under
-trials languishing in jails for unduly long pe
riods. “Many such under
-trials havebeen in jails for periods longer than they would have served had they been
sentenced. This is indeed very disturbing,” he said.
The road map for judicial reforms, suggested by President Pratibha Patil in heraddress to the joint session of Parliament in June 2009, was under preparationand national-level consultation with jurists and stakeholders in that regard wouldbe held very shortly, Prime Minister said.Further, there was need for comprehensive computerisation and ultimate linking
of all courts in the country into one “mega judicial information grid” for screeningall pending cases and disposal of “many old cases as moot or infructuous”.
In his address, Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan said there had been a
“chronic shortage” of judicial officers, especially at the subordinate level. Therewere also some “structural obstacles that discouraged talented law graduates”
from joining judicial services. However, he did not elaborate on the issue. Citing aLaw Commission report, he said the judicial system had to be expanded at leastfive-fold in order to match the judge- population ratio of developed countries.