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A hard road to justice: Basic infrastructure woes dog district courts in India

District courts are the first port of call for Indians in their quest for justice. Yet many of them score poorly on basic infrastructure and facilities, making life difficult for millions of litigants. A survey by the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy and Tata Trusts sheds light on the state of affairs. A story in eight graphics.
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nsundareshasubramanian
9 Aug 2019 1 Mins Read 3 comments
Policemen guard the Saket district court complex in New Delhi. A recent survey has found that only about a tenth of the country's court complexes have a basic security facility like baggage-screening. Getty Images
Policemen guard the Saket district court complex in New Delhi. A recent survey has found that only about a tenth of the country's court complexes have a basic security facility like baggage-screening.
It takes years, even decades, for the judiciary to resolve cases in India. Yet, access to courts is perhaps the first step in getting access to justice. And courts in our districts, which are the first level of interface for litigants, must be easily approachable. In a novel survey, Delhi-based think tank Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy and Tata
utmost importance. But only about a tenth of the complexes surveyed had a basic baggage screening facility. 6. Other amenitiesOnly 39% of the states had full-service court complexes — complete with bank branches, post offices, and well equipped first-aid care centres. Facilities such as photocopiers, typists, and stamp vendors were mostly available. ( Graphics by Mohammad Arshad)
It takes years, even decades, for the judiciary to resolve cases in India. Yet, access to courts is perhaps the first step in getting access to justice. And courts in our districts, which are the first level of interface for litigants, must be easily approachable. In a novel survey, Delhi-based think tank Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy and Tata utmost importance. But only about a tenth of the complexes surveyed had a basic baggage screening facility. 6. Other amenitiesOnly 39% of the states had full-service court complexes — complete with bank branches, post offices, and well equipped first-aid care centres. Facilities such as photocopiers, typists, and stamp vendors were mostly available. ( Graphics by Mohammad Arshad)

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