Access to justice and effective functioning of the justice system is critical for the nation’s development
In a unique initiative, the India Justice Report ranks individual Indian states in relation to their capacity to deliver access to justice. In 2017, the Trusts brought together a group of sectoral experts — Centre for Social Justice, Common Cause, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, DAKSH, Tata Institute of Social Sciences - Prayas and Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy — to develop a report that would measure the structural capacity of state-based instrumentalities of the justice system against their own declared mandates. This was done with a view to pinpoint areas that lend themselves to immediate solutions. The first ever ranking was published in November 2019.
The third edition of the report focusses on the comparisons and tracks the rise and fall in each state’s structural and financial capacity to deliver justice, using the latest available government figures.
The ranking is based on quantitative measurements of budgets, human resources, infrastructure, workload, diversity across police, judiciary, prisons and legal aid in 18 large and medium sized states (population of over 1 crore) and seven small states. Data for eight unranked Union Territories (UTs) and three states is also provided. This third IJR also separately assesses the capacity of the 25 State Human Rights Commissions.
The report and rankings will be available as a printed publication on April 4, 2023, by 3pm.
India Justice Reports 2022, 2020 and 2019:
To access all three editions of the India Justice Report, data explorer, main report, national factsheet, state factsheets, press releases and more, visit https://indiajusticereport.org