Despite being aware of the fact that a sound infrastructure is the linchpin of a strong and stable judicial system, the State Government has yet not shown any seriousness towards the judgment of the Supreme Court of India whereby directions were issued for formulation of development plan for the courts. In the Interlocutory Application No.279 of 2010 in Writ Petition titled All India Judges Association and Others Versus Union of India and Others, the Supreme Court Bench comprising the then Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Dr D Y Chandrachud had on August 2, 2018 directed that in order to provide basic infrastructural facilities, amenities, utilities and access oriented features in all the court complexes, the States should formulate development plan for the courts. The Jammu and Kashmir Government, while acting on the directives of the Apex Court, constituted a committee headed by Principal Secretary Finance Department vide Order No.1329-GAD dated August 31, 2018 to formulate the development plan for the courts especially subordinate courts in the State.
However, the seriousness towards the Supreme Court judgment has remained confined to this step only as the committee has not met even once during the past over two months and even the State High Court has not nominated any officer for being member of the committee, which otherwise was the explicit direction of the Supreme Court in its judgment. The other members of the committee are Principal Secretary Planning, Development and Monitoring, Commissioner/Secretary Public Works and Secretary Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Depart-ments. The development plan is required to be of three components a short term or annual plan, a medium term or a five year plan and a long term or ten year plan. While focusing on judicial infrastructure due regard has to be given to adequate and model court building, furniture, fixture, judges chamber, record/file storage, adequate sitting and recreation arrangement for staff and officers, sitting/waiting room for litigants and bar members, latest gadgets and technology. The dilly-dallying approach on the part of State Government is notwithstanding the fact that Supreme Court had observed in the judgment that the responsibility for securing justice to the citizenry of country rests upon the judiciary which makes it imperative upon the State to provide the judicial wing the requisite infrastructure commensurate with the constitutional obligation of the judiciary.

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