Vulnerability to poverty is clearly linked to the Poor's access to primary entitlements, which in turn depends on a functioning 'public realm'. Justice and judicial reforms are central to this. Policy-making for an efficient and citizen-oriented judiciary in India has always lacked a comprehensive approach. The 'piece meal' initiatives hitherto initiated never became imbedded. The essays in the book articulates for the very first time for India, a wide-ranging judicial reform agenda that includes improvements in judicial governance, its linkages to economic growth, alternate dispute resolution, human resource development in the judicial branches, the use of IT, legal education, judicial and non-judicial training, and funding civil society initiatives for legal empowerment. Every essay forms a vital arm in the area of Judicial Reforms. However, the trajectory of suggested judicial reforms echoes the classic law and development movement bypassing the legal profession, which is less by design and more by default.
Arnab Kumar Hazra is a staff consultant to the Asian Development Bank for the India Administration of Justice Project. Bibek Debroy is a professional economist in New Delhi and the author and editor of several books.