Litigation Landscape of Bengaluru – Bengaluru Rural Courts

Reports by Vidhi Karnataka · August 14, 2019
Author(s): Deepika Kinhal and Akhileshwari Reddy

Vidhi and DAKSH have collaborated in producing this Report, a first in a series aimed at better understanding the litigation landscape of Bengaluru. In this report, the focus is on Bengaluru Rural District Courts (Rural Court), functioning out of six court complexes in and around the city. The objectives of the Report are to one, understand the structure and functioning of the subordinate judiciary, specifically Rural Courts and two, propose measures to improve the status quo. Apart from an in-depth case-data analysis, in a first of its kind exercise, the researchers have conducted extensive interviews with the judicial administrative staff and judges to hear first hand accounts of the issues that hampers the courts’ functioning. The Report ends with a list of recommendations along with the in-charge authorities to improve the court management systems in Bengaluru Rural Courts

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About Deepika Kinhal:

Deepika Kinhal is a Senior Resident Fellow at Vidhi Karnataka. Her areas of interest are judicial reforms, women and child rights, and legal-technology. Since graduating from NLSIU in 2012, she has worked at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (real estate and capital markets) and Dua Associates (litigation team). At Vidhi, she has undertaken independent and engaged projects studying court and case management systems across different levels of judicial hierarchy. Significantly, she has lead a team engaged by the J&K High Court to improve its court management systems. She considers tackling government litigation as one of the key ways of addressing judicial overload and is working with the Government of Karnataka in formulating litigation management policies for different departments. She is a co-founder of an online dispute resolution platform and has keen interest in legal-technology solutions for problems plaguing the judiciary and legal industry. She writes regularly in leading newspapers on topics related to the judiciary and women and child rights, and collaborates with other CSOs to conduct legal awareness campaigns. While not worrying about the state of the judiciary in the country, she sings and paints. She is a trained Carnatic singer with a brief stint at All India Radio and in Kannada movies.   

About Akhileshwari Reddy:

Akhileshwari Reddy is a Research Fellow at Vidhi, Karnataka. Her main areas of work revolve around the protection of human rights and the environment. She graduated with a B.A., L.LB (Hons.) from the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS, Kolkata) in 2016 and went on to complete her Masters in Human Rights Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2017 on the Marchant Foundation Scholarship and the LSE Master's Award. She writes regularly for the Down to Earth Magazine and has written for various journals on human rights issues in India. She is an avid reader and especially enjoys reading fantasy fiction.