Development of Infrastructure Facilities for Judiciary including Gram Nyayalayas
For a long time, the judiciary was outside the purview of the Planning Commission which distributed development grants. And when the Commission started providing funds, it turned out to be too meagre to make any capacity improvement. The State governments did not increase the number of courts required to handle the mounting number of cases, and the existing ones did not get the needed infrastructure.
To address the continued concern of pending court cases, the National Mission for Justice Delivery and Legal Reforms was set up in 2011. The twin objectives of the Mission are (1) increasing access by reducing delays and arrears in the system and (2) enhancing accountability through structural changes and by setting performance standards and capacities. Infrastructure development for the subordinate judiciary is a major thrust area for the National Mission – including development of infrastructure in district and subordinate courts.