Manipur High Court on Friday observed the fifth anniversary of its establishment.
Speaking on the occasion, Governor Dr Najma Heptulla said that she felt privileged to be in the company of the learned Judges of the Manipur High Court as well as the Judges of Subordinate Courts of the state and distinguished lawyers and officers of Manipur Judicial Service who form an important cog of Indian democracy.
Appreciating all the people who played a major role in bringing a full-fledged High Court to Manipur, Heptulla said the world today is well-informed and the citizens are very conscious of their rights and duties under the law. Further, it is an age where accessibility to justice is of prime consideration and ‘justice at your doorstep’ is a priority area for both the central and state governments.
Showing her concern over the issue of pending cases, she said a concerted effort to improve the situation should be made. Justice should be delivered on time giving importance that deserves, as the dictum says, ‘Justice delayed is justice denied’.
In his speech, Justice N Kotiswar Singh, acting Chief Justice of Manipur, said the role of High Court of Manipur is equally significant despite being a relatively new and small High Court compared to other states in discharging judicial function as mandated by the Constitution. The law and order situation in the state has also affected the functioning of the judiciary but in the recent years tremendous improvement has been made including the performance of the Judiciary.
The state government needs to provide adequate infrastructure for optimal functioning of the High Court even though the government has been extending their cooperation despite limited resources.