Minister, Veerappa Moily’s ambitious plans of reducing the pendency of
court cases in India and creating 15,000 additional judges’ posts in
India seems to be taking shape with two new all-India services. The
Indian Judicial Service (IJS) and the Indian Legal Service (ILS) aims to
meet the demand for services of legal professionals from various
departments of the Union and State governments.
Law Minister promised the establishment of two all-India services - IJS
and ILS - aiming at capacity building at the lower levels of judiciary
and to provide professional legal advice to various departments.
appointment of 15,000 posts of judges creating the IJS, for two years
facilitate to tackle the huge backlog of nearly 2.5 crore cases pending
in the trial courts. Talking about the need for ILS, the Law Minister
further added that there was lack of professional legal hands in various
departments of the State as well as Central Government when it comes to
seeking legal opinion on various day-to-day issues.
though, the Centre has the Attorney General, Solicitor General and a
team of Additional Solicitors Generals and State has the Advocate
General and a team of legal professionals to seek opinion on complex and
constitutional issues, they hardly have time to give opinions on all
issues as they need to attend the Court daily. Hence, establishment of
an all-India legal service would fill the void.
National Litigation Policy unveiled by the Law Ministry had aimed to
reduce average pendency time from 15 years to 3 years. This also
includes identifying ‘bottlenecks’ and removing unnecessary Government
cases as the Government is identified as one of the biggest contributor
to the number of pending cases in the country. Let’s hope that the
introduction of these two new services would alleviate these