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All you need to know about India Justice Report 2020

The India Justice Report 2020, that assesses the capacity of various states to deliver justice, is prepared by the Tata Trusts in collaboration with the Centre for Social Justice, Common Cause, DAKSH, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy and the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative.

New Delhi, April 11: Access to justice and public good, is important for all of us. An effectively functioning justice system is critical not simply at an individual level, but for the economic and social development of the country as a whole. The India Justice Report 2020 assesses the capacity of various states to deliver justice.

India Justice Report 2020

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The India Justice Report 2020 analysed expenditure, vacancies, representation of women, human resources, infrastructure, workload, diversity across 18 large and medium-sized states with a population of over 1 crore and 7 small states.

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India Justice Report 2020, ranking and comparisons listed

If the India Justice Report 2020 analysed expenditure, the second edition of the IJR is all about comparisons and tracking the rise and falls in each state’s structural and financial capacity to deliver justice, using the latest available government figures.

The first ever ranking was published in November 2019.

The ranking is based on quantitative measurements of budgets, human resources, infrastructure, workload, diversity across police, judiciary, prisons and legal aid in 18 large and medium sized states with a population of over 1 crore and seven small states.

Data for seven Union Territories (UTs) and four other unranked states is also provided.

IJR 2020 not only provides pillar and theme wise comparisons between similarly situated states one against another, but also allows for an understanding of what improvements and shortfalls have been made within each state’s own pillars and themes since IJR 2019 and over 5 years.

In a unique initiative, the India Justice Report ranks individual Indian states in relation to their capacity to deliver access to justice.

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Maiden India Justice Report was made in 2019

Vidhi partnered with Tata Trusts, Centre for Social Justice, Common Cause, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, DAKSH, TISS–Prayas, and How India Lives for this report.

The maiden India Justice Report was announced in 2019.

The Tata Trusts brought together a group of sectoral experts — Centre for Social Justice, Common Cause, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, DAKSH, Tata Institute of Social Sciences – Prayas and Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy — to develop a report that would measure the structural capacity of state-based instrumentalities of the justice system against their own declared mandates with a view to pinpointing areas that lend themselves to immediate solutions.

The first ever ranking was published in November 2019.

The overall ranking is a result of a state’s ranking across the four pillars of justice delivery system – Judiciary, Police, Prisons and Legal aid.

Also read: World Day of Social Justice, a day for human rights and upholding the law

Maharashtra was ranked topmost among 18 states for the second time in a row, followed by Tamil Nadu and Telangana.

Uttar Pradesh remains last.

Amongst the smaller states, Goa remained at the top and Arunachal Pradesh at the bottom.

Legal services institutions remain affected by a lack of infrastructure, uneven human resource distribution, poor utilization of central funds and an inability to effectively harness Lok Adalats to ease the burden on the judiciary are the causes of poor justice delivery.

By Sugyani Mohapatra

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