Village courts have been steadily gaining the confidence of rural people across the country. These courts are comprised of five people, including, chairman of the Union Parishad and two representatives of both the plaintiffs and defendants.
Civil and criminal cases alike can be settled in village courts, including small and big disputes. The court can impose fines as well. However, the court also has some limitations regarding serious cases that can be resolved in higher courts.
The introduction of village courts over
a decade ago has been a revolutionary
move as it has transformed the lives of rural people
and their communities
Village courts are a timely initiative as they help reduce the pressure on the existing judiciary system. The justice system is already working at maximum capacity, so anything that can lighten the load is undoubtedly welcome.
The number of people benefitting from the village court system is also increasing. It is greatly beneficial to society as it can help resolve minor disputes and bring harmony in rural communities. Moreover, people from villages often do not have the financial means to file cases at the higher courts. They are geographically disadvantaged when it comes to accessing the judiciary system.
Village courts enable socially vulnerable groups access a fair and effective justice system. These courts help resolve disputes in a transparent and affordable manner in a shorter span of time.
The introduction of village courts over a decade ago has been a revolutionary move as it has transformed the lives of rural people and their communities. The importance of a proper judiciary system at grassroots level cannot be undermined as it has impacted the lives of thousands since its inception.
One can hope that this system becomes more widespread and can reach even the remotest corners of the country in order to improve the lives of rural citizens.