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The Indian Judicial system is constantly exposed to new challenges, new dimensions and new signals and has to survive in a world in which perhaps the only real certainty is that the circumstances of tomorrow will not be the same as those of today.

The need of the hour is to correct misconception about the Judiciary by making it more accessible and more explicit, by utilizing the resources available to improve the service to the public, by reducing delays and making courts more efficient and less daunting.”26

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At

the

National

Seminar

on

‘Delay

in

Administration

of

Criminal

Justice System’ held at New Delhi on 17 March, 2007, Hon’ble Mr. Justice

K. G. Balakrishnan, observed:

Chief

Justice

of

India,

in

his

Presidential

Address

“The criminal justice system in the country is designed to protect the citizens of this country from the onslaught of criminal activities of a section of the community which indulges in such acts. The outcome of any criminal justice system must be to inspire confidence and create an attitude of respect for the rule of law. An efficient criminal justice system is one of the cornerstones of good governance. When we think of criminal justice system it consists of the police, prosecuting agency, various courts, the jail and the host of other institutions connected with the system. The State as a guardian of fundamental rights of its citizens is duty-bound to ensure speedy trial

Dr. Justice AR. Lakshmanan, Voice of Justice, Universal Law Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd., Delhi, (2006), pages 231-233, 236, 239, 245-247, 250. 26

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