Delay in justice a major challenge, says CJI Kabir
Kabir today said a major problem being faced in delivery of
criminal justice was delay "where the entire process takes
almost 15-16 years".
Delivering Justice P D Desai memorial lecture here on
'Administration of Criminal Justice', Justice Kabir said,
"Today a major problem is delay where the entire process, from
the time when an offence is registered to the stage of final
conviction, takes almost 15 to 16 years."
"I hope everybody involved in the process would
perform their duty to expedite the wheels of justice," he
"....this (delay) is the main thing which bothers
judiciary. And because of inordinate delay, sometimes we see
angry reaction from public feeling that something should be
done immediately," he said while elaborating the challenges in
administration of criminal justice.
"One such incident took place on December 16 last year
First reaction was let us set up fast track courts Delhi
for the offences against women and girls," he said citing the
incidence of gang rape in a moving bus which created
"On January 2, first fast track court was set up in
one of the district in
to take up such cases. Then New Delhi
you might have come across media reports that trial in one
case was completed in 9 days and trial completed in another
case in 13 days," he added.
"Something like this happens and people start
reacting. It is a knee jerk reaction...But one can not blame
any one part of the system. Look at the large population we
have, which is
at present 1.20 billion and it is increasing," he added.
"Where do we stand in regards to the Judge Population
there are 125 judges for 1 million citizens and USA
we have 6 judges for 1 million," he said while India
highlighting the ground reality of the country.