Shillong, February 24: The foundation stone for the construction of the permanent building of the Meghalaya State Judicial Academy (MSJA) was laid on February 24 by Justice Tarun Agarwala, Chief Justice of the High Court of Meghalaya in presence of Justice SR Sen, Judge, High Court of Meghalaya among others at Umsawli, Mawpat, Shillong.
In his speech, Justice Tarun Agarwala said that the Indian Judicial system is a time tested system and one of the finest in the world and is highly respected for its fairness and independence and credibility. “Our constitutional goal is to achieve justice. And access to justice would only be meaningful if delivered fairly and judiciously” he said.
Justice Agarwala also informed that the MSJA was established as mandated by the Law Commission and Supreme Court of India, with the objective to develop the judicial system. The Academy would offer in-service training to subordinate judges through awareness, knowledge and skill development in the delivery of justice. He also pointed out that the academy, spread over 25 acres of land, would house the most advanced facilities and faculties to impart quality training to judicial officials and will include training wing, administrative building, library, computer lab, officers’ hostel, gymnasium, yoga hall, seminar hall and residential area.
Justice Agarwala also felt the need to have a judicial helpline to help the officers in subordinate courts, which would function in a manner where the Academy would offer help, relating to the judicial matters.