Reaffirming state government’s resolve to support a speedy, efficient and quality justice delivery system to surmount the various challenges faced by the Judiciary, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday inaugurated the new Academic Building of Judicial Academy, Assam at Amingaon in Guwahati.
Speaking at the event, 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 principal, laws and norms of justice,” said the Chief Minister.
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 satisfactory pace in the state and at present projects amounting to nearly 300 crore 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.
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 emphasised.
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 emphasised 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 moulding the judicial officers in the north eastern region since 1981.