Cuttack: National Law University Odisha in collaboration with India Justice Report team organised a conference on Saturday to present Odisha-specific insights to the custodians of the formal justice system — judiciary, police, prisons and legal aid.
Chief Justice Orissa High Court Dr. Justice S. Muralidhar delivered the key note address emphasizing on the role of bar in the judicial system.
The full day conference was cherished by insightful valuables by multi-disciplinary eminent.
The conference was divided into two sessions in which Session 1 discussed about ‘Judiciary & Legal Aid’ while the second session discussed about ‘Police and Prison’.
The first session was initiated by Maja Daruwala Chief Editor, India Justice Report who introduced the India Justice Report 2020.
Justices Sangam Kumar Sahoo and Bibhu Prasad Routray discussed the findings related to state judiciary on “India Justice Report 2020 findings on Judiciary in Odisha”.
They asserted on justice delayed being justice denied, and recommended the plausible steps that could be taken by the state judiciary in reducing pendency of the cases.
The session was presented by Surya Prakash BS, Fellow and Programme Director at DAKSH and moderated by Prof. (Dr.) Yogesh Pratap Singh, Registrar, NLUO.
Furthermore, Chairperson – Orissa State Legal Services Authority Justice Sanjay Kumar Mishra and Programme Head, Prison Reforms Programme, CHRI Madhurima Dhanuka discussed the findings related to legal aid on “India Justice Report 2020 Findings on Legal Aid in Odisha”.
The second session was initiated by DGP Abhay, who discussed on findings related to state police on India Justice Report -2020 findings on Police in Odisha.
He welcomed the initiative of Indian Justice Report, but opined that the nitty-gritties of the police system cannot be quantified by statistical numbers.
The session was moderated by Eluckiaa A of NLUO.
Director General of Prisons and Director of Correctional Services Santosh Kumar Upadhyay discussed the findings related to prisons on “India Justice Report 2020 Findings on Prisons in Odisha.
He highlighted the issues faced in state prisons such as training, overcrowding problems, fiscal inefficiency.
Additionally, he emphasised on the use of technology in solving issues faced by prison.