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HP to set up State Judicial Academy at a cost of Rs 37 crores
Himachal Pradesh will set up State Judicial Academy in the outskirts of state capital Shimla, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said Sunday while addressing Chief Ministers and Chief Justices conference at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.

Mr. Singh informed that the state government has allocated 341061 hectares of land, and an amount of around 37 crore rupees has been earmarked for construction of the academy. He said that the state government has given administrative approval of about Rs 26 crore and expenditure sanction of Rs. 7 crore has also been approved.

The academy, Mr. Singh said will create well trained and qualified managerial cadre to manage the judiciary at all levels and also check the shortcomings in the institutions.

Chief Minister said legal aid clinics are being set up in the state at panchayat level and 10 mediation centers have been set up and 10 ADR centres are being set up for speedy delivery of justice in the state. He said that the state government has created10 posts of Additional District & Session Judges in the state for rendering speedy and effective justice to the litigants.

He informed two courts of civil judges (Junior Division) have also been created which will be notified shortly. He said three traffic mobile courts have been set up in the state to fast track the cases at magistracy level and added that four special magistrates have been appointed to dispose-off the cases under section 138 of the negotiable instrument act.

Mr. Singh said that the state government is providing best infrastructure to the judiciary throughout the state despite the financial constraints, and added that earmarked residential accommodations have been made available to almost all the subordinate judges up to sub divisional level in the state. He said entire Shetty Commission report has been implemented in the state and Padamnabhan Committee report, which sought to revise the pay scales granted by Shetty Commission, has also been fully implemented in the state.

The Chief Minister said that state high court has total pendency of only 56,899 cases out of about four million cases which are pending in various high courts of the country. He said that about 2.24 lakh cases are pending in subordinate Courts of the state out of total 27 million cases, pending in trial courts throughout the country.


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