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1. During last 11 years, there is 925 % increase in budget provision for Legal Department.

2. The Government has given administrative sanction on 5/12/11 for construction of 10 storeyed 32 courts court complex with the facilities of Conference Hall for advocates and Judicial officers at Surat at the estimated cost of RS. 43.15 crores.

3. The Government has decided to construct court buildings at Vadodara for District Court and other subordinate courts at the estimated cost of RS. 130 crores.

4. In order that the residents of Gujarat get justice within one year, the Government has decided to establish 700 courts of different cadres during the time period of five years and out of those courts, 90 courts have become functional or have been upgraded or given status of full time courts. For these 700 courts, 4900 posts have been sanctioned.

5. Eventhough the Government of India discontinued the policy of Fast Track Courts, having regard to the results achieved through Fast Track Courts, the Government has continued 51 Fast Track Courts as the Courts of Additional District Judges.

6. As the Government is dedicated to the welfare of the people, the Government makes the laws having regard to social, economic, industrial and financial background and implements those laws. Having identified the public interests involved in implementation of such laws and having recognized the needs of the people, the Government has established following categories of Special Courts during the last five years –

(1) 34 courts for dealing with cases under the Negotiable Instruments Act;
(2) 25 courts for dealing with cases under the Electricity Act;
(3) 15 courts for dealing with cases under Atrocity Act;
(4) 11 courts for dealing with cases under Prevention of Corruption Act;
(5) 25 family courts.

7. Having identified the need of the downtrodden and working litigants, the Government has established 88 Evening Courts in the year 2006 and these courts have so far disposed of 8,33,510 cases.

8. The Government has taken policy decision for establishment of civil and criminal courts for each of the newly formed Revenue Districts and as a part of this decision, the Government decided to establish civil and criminal courts in every District and Taluka places. As a result thereof, at present, in all 974 Courts, out of which 282 Courts of Senior Civil Judges, 125 Courts of Additional District Judges and 357 Courts of Judicial Magistrate First class, are functioning in the State of Gujarat with total 16327 officers and staff including Judicial officers are working in those courts.

9. The Government has made provision of RS. 71.51 crores (RS. 10.89 crores for new buildings for residential quarters of Judicial Officers and staff and RS. 60.62 crores for constructions on hand) in the year 2012-13.

10. In order to see that the people of the State have rule of law in true sense and that the Constitutional and legal rights of the people are protected, the Government has declared Gujarat State Litigation Policy on 29/12/11 and has thereby decided to reduce the time period for pendency of cases from 15 years to One year as against the time period for pendency of cases from 15 years to 3 years fixed by the Government of India.

11. The Government has, during the current year taken historic decision to provide e-Library consisting of all laws of the Central and State Government and judicial pronouncements of the Supreme Court and High Court to all District and Taluka Bar Associations through the medium of Bar Council of Gujarat and for that purpose, the Government has made provision and disbursement of RS. 2.25 crores.

12. Samuel Butler says that in law, only expenditure is fixed and nothing else. But the words of Samuel Butler are falsified in Gujarat because the Government has decided to grant remission of court fees till 31/2/2013 to the BPL card holder Scheduled Tribe litigants.

13. In the last five years, free legal aid has been provided to 35073 persons.

14. The Government is committed to see that people get quick justice, alternate Dispute Resolution forums like lok adalats, arbitration, mediation etc. are encouraged in the State of Gujarat and such alternative dispute resolution forums have decided 25,59, 585 cases.

15. The Council of Ministers had taken decision on 23/3/11 to see that the proceedings of the High Court of Gujarat are taken in Gujarti language and had made proposal to H.E. the Governor of Gujarat. The H.E. the Governor of Gujarat has approved the proposal of the Government and has requested the President of India accordingly on 13/5/2011.

16. In the present scenario of the field of law, many new things are continuously getting added to it looking to the cyber crimes, economic times, direct and indirect terrorism, inter-state and inter-border international crime network, smuggling, illegal immigrations, trade of narcotic substances, biological inventions, biological science, social research etc. requiring the judicial officers and Judges to update their legal knowledge. For this purpose, the Government of Gujarat has been a key facilitator through the Judicial Academy, Forensic Science Laboratory, Seminars for psychological tests and workshops to see that they update their legal knowledge.

17. The Government has established Gujarat National Law University and this University has achieved international recognition. The Government has provided RS. 115.54 crores to this University for its Campus Development as against RS. 150 crores.


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