NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today made a strong pitch for use of local languages in courts and explaining laws in simpler terms, saying that it will increase the confidence of common citizens in the justice system and they will feel more connected.
Addressing the inaugural session of the joint conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of High Courts, being held after a gap of six years, Modi said he had constituted a group to examine the possibility of whether laws can be drafted in legal language as well as in terms easily understood by the common man.
“I have set up a group that is examining whether both versions can be passed by the Assembly or Parliament,” Modi said.
He said it is in practice in various countries and both the formats are considered legally acceptable.
“Even our scriptures state that justice is the basis of good governance. It is for this reason that justice should be linked to the people, it should be in the language. Unless the common man understands the basis of justice, for him there will be no difference between justice and executive order,” the Prime Minister said.
He also appealed to Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of High Courts to give priority to cases related to undertrial prisoners languishing in jails and release them, as per law, based on human sensitivities and asserted that judicial reform is not merely a policy matter.