Indian Institute of Management Kashipur
National Seminar on
DELIVERING JUSTICE FOR WOMEN:
LESSONS FROM FAST TRACK COURTS IN INDIA
Sponsored by
National Commission for Women
10-11 Dec 2022 | Venue: IIM Kashipur
Background
India confronts a problem caused by a sluggish legal system and a significant number of outstanding
cases. Article 21 of the Constitution, on the other hand, indirectly guarantees a fundamental right of
a timely trial. In order to fulfil this constitutional mandate, 'Fast Track Courts' (FTCs) have been
established as a remedy for the lengthy delays that impede the operation of 'regular' courts in India.
By virtue of their accelerated approach, these courts have the potential to significantly alter the Legal
System. However, these courts were essentially founded to appeal to public sympathies, and their
authority is primarily confined to ad hoc cases involving gender-based offences; as such, they have
their limits and are not the sole way of delivering "swift justice." Thus, it is necessary to augment
these courts with systemic improvements to the country's substantive legislation and socioeconomic
landscape.
Recently, the Union Government approved the continuation of more than 1000 Fast Track Special
Court (FTSCs) as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) for two years (April 2021-March 2023). It
includes 389 exclusive POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Courts. The Central
Government share will be provided from the Nirbhaya Fund.
The academia, lawyers, researchers, NGOs and stakeholder in the Judiciary can jointly contribute
to the review of the efficacies of the FTSCs for women in the country and provide inputs to future
policy directions. The broad objectives of the seminar will be to:
1. Take stock for the impact of the FTSC in delivering justice for women
2. Discuss the lessons learnt so far from the running of FTSCs in India
3. Conduct policy analysis on FTSCs that allows enhancement of their value addition to the justice
delivery system.
4. To highlight the need and plan for performance improvement of the FTSCs
5. To develop a capacity building exercise for the lawyers at the local community level to avail the
FTSCs more effectively for the clients.
Denial of 'justice in a timely manner' equates to denial of 'justice' itself. Two are indispensable to
one another. Maintaining the rule of law and giving access to justice, which is a basic right, requires
prompt disposition of cases. However, the court system is unable to provide prompt justice due to a
massive backlog of cases for which the existing number of judges is insufficient. Moreover, in
addition to the already backlogged cases, the system is unable to keep up with the initiation of new
cases and is unable to dispose of an equivalent number of cases. The already serious issue of backlogs
is consequently becoming worse by the day, resulting in a weakening of the Constitutional guarantee
of prompt access to justice and a decline in the rule of law.
Thus, Fast Track Special Court (FTSCs) for delivering justice to women have often been proposed as
a remedy for the significant delays that afflict the operation of 'regular' courts in India. Nonetheless,
it is evident that these Courts are afflicted by a variety of problems. Consequently, it is important to
examine the history of FTSCs in India, their jurisdiction, advantages, and disadvantages, as well as
the functioning of similar courts in other nations and some suggestions for enhancing their
operation in India.
Themes
1. Functioning of Fast Track Special Court (FTC) for women in India
2. Training of Law students and Lawyers on accessing justice through Fast Track Special Courts.
3. Challenges of accessing justice through Fast Track Special Courts.
4. Role of the lawyers, government agencies and the judiciary in increasing the conviction rate of
Fast Track Special Courts and their challenges.
5. Policy contexts to improve the efficiency of Fast Track Special Courts in India.
How to participate
Interested law students, doctoral scholars, faculty, lawyers, NGO representatives, members of the
judiciary, and industry professionals are welcome to register online participate at the seminar. If
you want to present a paper, you are requested to send an abstract (Max 300 words) by email to
gender@iimkashipur.ac.in before 31 Oct 2022. All the participants will receive certificates of
recognition from IIM Kashipur. There are no participating fees for the seminar. In addition to this,
organisers will cover food and modest accommodation for the two days (10-11 Dec).
Register online here: https://forms.gle/Eh7GpicFyuZzdokN8
About the IIM Kashipur and COE-PPG
The Indian Institute of Management Kashipur is a member of the elite league of IIMs. The institute
is set up with the objective of providing quality management education while sensitizing students
towards the needs of the society. IIM Kashipur commenced operations in 2011 under the mentorship
of IIM Lucknow. The institute offers Post Graduate Programme in Management (now MBA), a two-
year full time residential programme. The rigorous curriculum seeks to instil a passion for
knowledge and ability to apply that knowledge to real life scenarios. The programme lays emphasis
on all-round personality development and inculcates the values of leadership and integrity. The
institute is in one of the most densely industrialized regions in the country with over 180 industries
having plants in and around the region and many more coming up. This places the institute at a
vantage point when it comes to ‘Learning by Doing’ via frequent industry interactions and live
projects.
The Institute also offers Executive Post Graduate Programme called MBA(WX) for working
executives. Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) and Executive Fellow Programme (EFPM)
equivalent to PhD are also offered. IIM Kashipur believes in a strong industry connect and has
invested in developing relationships with local industries.
The Centre of Excellence in Public Policy and Government (COE-PPG) of the institute is a
platform to serve as a bridge between policy makers, government agencies, civil society, industries,
and academia by supporting scholarly research, training programmes and other capacity building
activities. The centre has undertaken regular research, training and capacity building projects
funded by the Government of India, ICSSR, The World Bank, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute and
other state government agencies.
For more details, visit www.iimkashipur.ac.in or contact:
Dr Tanushree Kulshreshtha
Centre of Excellence in Public Policy and Government,
Indian Institute of Management Kashipur
Kundeswari, Kashipur 244713 (Uttarakhand) India
Tel (Office) +91-7465974659, 6399763997
Mob: 9548713927 / 8392811111 / 9435072356
Email: gender@iimkashipur.ac.in