"Legal practice in India needs reforms in at least two ways, urgently. One, technology, and two, increasing the number of courts and judges. Technology can enable, for example, online filing and time-bound calendar of events. This can lead to a reduction of time taken for disposal of cases by at least 50 per cent. Also, case management becomes better with technology. For instance, pleadings, case-related documents, orders and judgments can be made available online, thus saving time and cost spent in manually procuring these records. The second suggestion, viz. increasing the number of courts and judges, is a must because the current ratio of judges to population is 13 per one million, while in the US it is about 135 per one million. On an average, a court (in Bangalore) handles about 200 cases a day, while a US judge handles less than that number a year. India being a vibrant democracy, people do not hesitate to go to the courts to enforce their rights, and 70 per cent of the cases involves the State. Which, therefore, makes it necessary for the judiciary to meet the demand for speedier dispensation of justice. Quite dangerously, the delay in dispensation of justice has already forced some people to resort to the intervention of anti-social elements for help in settling disputes, leading in turn to a law and order problem. If we implement the technology reforms in legal practice in right earnest, we can strengthen the trust of every stakeholder in the judicial system, as our judges are no way inferior to their counterparts in the Western world."
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