India’s legal system ‘expensive’, ‘prone to delays’: President

CUTTACK: President Ram Nath Kovind today voiced concern over India’s legal system, and said it has a reputation for being “expensive” and is “prone to delays”.

Delivering the 3rd Foundation Day lecture at the National Law University here, Kovind said that it would be a “travesty of our Republican ethics” if the poor did not get the same access to law as the rich.

“Our legal system has a reputation for being expensive and for being prone to delays. The use and abuse of the instrument of adjournments is often done by advocates who see adjournment as a tactic to slow down the proceedings, rather than a response to a genuine emergency,” he said, adding that it adds to the cost of justice for the litigant.

Kovind said it is the duty of the lawyer community and an advocate to assist the court in delivery of justice.

The President called for simplification of legal rules and enhancement of legal literacy. (AGENCIES)