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Cure For The 'Tareekh Pe Tareekh' Virus

At the current rate of institution and disposal of cases, it is expected that by the year 2024, India will have 62 million cases which will take about 587 years to clear!

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Let’s take some time off from the dreaded coronavirus and talk about a virus that has infected, rather rotten, our dispute resolution system and left 400 million of us to fend for ourselves.   

The NJDG (that monitors pendency of cases in Indian courts) reflects a whopping 32 million pending cases with research indicating an average wait time of 17 years from start to finish of a common man’s justice journey. At the current rate of institution and disposal of cases, it is expected that by the year 2024, India will have 62 million cases which will take about 587 years to clear!

The reasons for the epidemic are manifold – low judge to population ratio, abysmal infrastructure, procedural complexities and so on. The direct economic cost of this ‘epidemic’ is pegged at 0.77% of India’s GDP. The green cost to this is 1.3 million trees and 109 billion litres of water every single year.    

Online Dispute Resolution or ODR facilitates resolution of disputes using technology and can be easily integrated to resolve simple civil disputes. It delivers a quick, economical and effective solution to disputes.

President of India Ram Nath Kovind and Chief Justice of India S. A. Bobde too have stressed on use of modern technology to unclog the justice delivery system.

Today, there are millions of people in the remotest of our cities, towns and villages who have no access to justice, but they do have access to smart phones. With the help of technology, we can improve the access to justice significantly and bring equity at the fingertips of each and every Indian irrespective of his or her geographic location. 

While the twiterrati are raving about #WorkFromHome, is the time ripe to #ResolveFromHome?

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Bhaven Shah

The author is co-founder of Presolv360 – a legal-tech company that specializes in online commercial dispute resolution. With an academic background in finance and law, he has a decade of experience in understanding law, human relations and conflict resolution.

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