District courts are not ‘secondary’, they are at the heart of the justice system: Justice Oka

Judge Oka inaugurated the new Bhiwandi Magistrate’s Court building in Thane

Judge Oka inaugurated the new Bhiwandi Magistrate’s Court building in Thane

Courts at the district and taluka levels should not be seen as “secondary” as they deliver justice to ordinary people, said Supreme Court Justice Abhay S. Oka.

He was speaking after the inauguration of the new Bhiwandi Magistrates’ Court building in Thane district on Wednesday.

The district and taluka courts play an important role in administering justice to ordinary people; they are therefore at the heart of the justice system and should not be considered “secondary courts”, he said.

Acknowledging that several good court buildings have been constructed in Maharashtra over the past ten years, Justice Oka said the state government should always try to provide better facilities that will ensure speedy justice.

The use of information technology should be increased and the Thane District Court should take the lead in this regard, Judge Oka said.

Judge Gauri Godse of the Bombay High Court has urged Bhiwandi court judges as well as lawyers to try to settle or settle the cases that have been pending for five to ten years as soon as possible.

Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister of State Kapil Patil secured assistance for a digital library at Bhiwandi Court from his parliamentary funds.

Provision will be made in the next budget for an additional sessions court in Thane district, he said.

Maharashtra PWD Minister Ravindra Chavan said the construction of a new court in Kalyan would be accelerated if land was made available.