Appointment of Court Managers in Indian Judicial System - 13th Finance Commission

Appointment of Court Managers in Indian Judicial System - 13th Finance Commission

Indian Judiciary witnessed major breakthrough in 2010 when 13th Finance Commission  notified release of grant-in-aid to state government for improvement in justice delivery. It recommended a grant of Rs. 5,000 crore over its award period 2010-15. This grant is aimed at providing support to improve judicial outcomes and allocated through the total eight activities, out of these one was creation of the post of Court Managers in every judicial district to assist the judiciary in their administrative functions.
    
Creation of posts of Court Managers

With a view to enhancing the efficiency of court management, and resultant improvement in case disposal, Rs.300 crore have been allocated for employment of professionally qualified Court Managers to assist judges. The Court Managers, with MBA degrees, will support the judges to perform their administrative duties, thereby enabling the judges to devote more time to their judicial functions. The post of a Court Manager would be created in each judicial district to assist the Principal District and Session judges. Two posts of Court Manager may be created for each High Court, and one for each Bench of the High Court. In case the High Court is of the opinion that one Court Manager would be sufficient for more than one district, then HLMC can also take such a decision.

Suggested Functions, Responsibilities of Court Managers

Policies and Standards 
(1) Based on applicable directives of superior courts, establish the performance standards applicable to the court (including on timeliness, efficiency; quality of court performance; infrastructure; and human resources; access to justice; as well as for systems for court management and case management). 
(2) Carry out an evaluation of the compliance of the court with such standards; identify deficiencies and deviations; identify steps required to achieve compliance; maintain such an evaluation on a current basis through annual updates. 

Planning 
(3) In consultation with the stakeholders of a court (including the Bar, ministerial staff, Executive Agencies supporting judicial functions such as prosecutors/police/process serving agencies and court users), prepare and update annually a 5-year court-wise Court Development Plan (CDP); 
(4) Monitor the implementation of the CDP and report to superior authorities on progress 

Information and Statistics 
(5) Ensure that statistics on all aspects of the functioning of the Court are compiled and reported accurately and promptly in accordance with systems established by the High Court; 
(6) Ensure that reports on statistics are duly completed and provided as required; 

Court Management 
(7) Ensure that the processes and procedures of the court (including for filing, scheduling, conduct of adjudication, access to information and documents and grievance redressal) are fully compliant with the policies and standards established by the High Court for court management and that they safeguard quality, ensure efficiency and timeliness, and minimize costs to litigants and to the State; and enhance access to justice. (Note: standard systems for court management should be developed at the High Court level). 

Case Management 
(8) Ensure that case management systems are fully compliant with the policies and standards established by the High Court for case management and Page 12 of 13 that they address the legitimate needs of each individual litigant in terms of quality, efficiency and timeliness, costs to litigants and to the State (Note: standard systems for case management should be developed at the High Court level). 

Responsiveness Management: Access to Justice; Legal Aid and User Friendliness 
(9) Ensure that the court meets standards established by the High Court on access to justice, legal aid and user friendliness. 

Quality Management 
(10) Ensure that the court meets quality of adjudication standards established by the High Court. 

Human Resource Management 
(11) Ensure that Human Resource Management of ministerial staff in the court comply with the Human Resource Management standards established by the High Court. 

Core Systems Management 
(12) Ensure that the core systems of the court are established and function effectively (documentation management; utilities management; infrastructure and facilities management; financial systems management (audits, accounts, payments); 

IT Systems Management 
(13) Ensure that the IT systems of the court comply with standards established by the High Court and are fully functional. 
(14) Feed the proposed National Arrears Grid to be set up to monitor the disposal of cases in all the courts, as and when it is set up.

Qualification of Court Managers

Court Managers may have the following minimum qualifications: 
a. A degree or advanced diploma in general management; 
b. 5 years’ experience/training in systems and process management; 
c. 5 years’ experience/training in IT systems management, HR management, financial systems management; .
d. Excellent people skills 
e. Excellent communication skills. 
f. Excellent computer application skills.

 

Full Notification is here :- http://doj.gov.in/sites/default/files/Annexure_A-Part-I.pdf