State Governments and the High Courts. As a result of the concerted efforts of all the
stockholders, the sanctioned strength of judicial officers/judges in district and subordinate courts
has increased from 17,715 at the end of 2012 to 20,358 as in June, 2015. The mission is now
pursuing the matter with the High Courts for filling up the existing vacancies. Emphasis is also
being laid on proper training of all court functionaries.
The primary responsibility of infrastructure development for the subordinate judiciary rests
with the state governments. A centrally sponsored scheme has been in place since 1993-94 to
assist the states for the development of judicial infrastructure. It covers the construction of court
buildings and residential accommodation of judicial officers. Until 2011, the central and state
governments used to contribute an equal share under the scheme but from 2011-12 onwards the
central government was contributing 75 per cent of the funds. In the case of states in the north
eastern states the central government provides 90 per cent of the funding. Central funding is,
however, subject to budgetary allocation for the scheme. Out of Budget allocation of ₹ 562.99
crore for the scheme in the financial year (2015-16), ₹ 542.62 crore has been sanctioned to
state/UTs as on 31st December, 2015. Fund sharing pattern of the scheme has now been revised
from 75:25 to 60:40 (centre: state) (90:10 for the 8 north-eastern and 3 Himalayan states) with
effect from 2015-16.
e-Courts Integrated Mission Mode Project
The e-Courts Integrated Mission Mode Project is one of the e-Governance projects being
implemented in High Courts and district/subordinate courts of the country. The project has been
conceptualized on the basis of the “National Policy and Action Plan for Implementation of
Information and Communication Technology in the Indian Judiciary-2005” by the e-Committee
of the Supreme Court of India. The e-Committee was formed in 2004 to draw up an action plan
for the ICT enablement of the Judiciary with the Patron in Chief-cum-Adhoc Chairman as the
Chief Justice of India.
Out of 14,249, courts to be computerized, at the end of March, 2015 all courts (100 per
cent) have been made ready for computerization, out of which LAN has been installed at 13,606
courts (95.49 per cent), hardware at 13426 courts (94.3 per cent) and software is functional at
13,672 courts (95.50 per cent).
Access to Justice for the Marginalised
In partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Department
of Justice (DoJ), Ministry of Law and Justice, is implementing a decade long programme on
Access to Justice for Marginalised People (2008-2017). The project extends to the eight UNDAF
states of Bihar, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra
and Odisha. This project focuses on strengthening access to justice for the marginalised people
by developing strategies that address barriers to accessing justice in legal, social and economic
domains. The project is presently in the second phase of implementation. The first phase
expanding from 2008 to 2012 made significant contributions.
The second phase of the project extends over five years from 2013 to 2017. In this phase,
the project aims to build upon the achievements of previous phase and continues to work on
creation of demand for justice and ensuring its supply. Under the project, a technical support