New Delhi: Judicial reforms are a must, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan said on Monday, once again raking up the contentious issue just ahead of the winter session of Parliament.

An increasing backlog of cases and a large number of vacancies in positions for judges have made judicial reforms a major concern.

Mahajan, speaking at the fifth L.M. Singhvi memorial lecture, urged former and sitting judges, jurists and lawyers to come together and think about judicial reforms including ways of meeting the shortage of judges and reducing their administrative work, especially in the lower courts.

“Judges are required to deliver justice, so they shouldn’t be burdened with other administrative work. Setting up an independent judicial administrative service can help achieve this," said Mahajan. “We’re one of the fastest growing economies in the world...and the judiciary cannot lag behind." 

She suggested turning to alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, lok adalats and special courts to reduce case load on courts and making optimum use of technology to classify cases and track ongoing cases comprehensively.