(2) The stereotyped reply that one hears about excessively long time for settlement of legal proceedings is that the ratio of Judges to population is too low, being much less in India than in many other countries, particularly advanced countries. But very few in the judicial fraternity seem to have assessed whether the procedures processes as in vogue are all justified and unavoidable in all cases. For example do Judges have the power to decline requests of lawyers of adjournment on grounds which are not substantive, material and weighty? What about adjournments ordered by Judges on their own without any ground being mentioned? Is application of mind by a Registrar not sufficient and is application of mind by a Judge essential after a hearing by him in all cases for permitting issue of Summons? Where Service of Summons could not materialise owing to the addressee of Summons not being available at the Address known to and furnished by a plaintiff/petitioner,can substituted service by publication in a local newspaper not be ordered as a matter of routine without a special petition being filed on behalf of the plaintiff?
(3) Technology is very much advanced compared to what w as available when the procedures being followed even now were devised. Several gadgets and facilities are available like video-conferencing, audio-conferencing, emailing, internet, searching through google, Ask-me etc., verifying ownership of properties through search in computerised record of rights (as in what is referred to as 'CARD' in Hyderabad), Judgements of Courts posted in the web sites of courts which can be readily extracted by any internet user without a copy certified by a judicial authority being required. more