Rule of Law Index 2012 and India

While everywhere in India a lot of trouble is going on in administrative, executive and Judicial front a new report on rule of law is published.  India ranks 78th among 97 countries in guaranteeing access to all civil justice, a latest report released while its neighbouring country Sri Lanka leads the South Asian nations in most dimensions of the rule of law. The  report provides country-by-country scores and rankings for eight areas of the rule of law. The report is  produced by the World Justice Project—a 3-year-old initiative sponsored by the ABA(American Bar Association) and a number of other organizations representing various disciplines. It  takes stock of the development of  core legal concept in 97 countries and jurisdictions, based on interviews with 97,000 citizens and 2,500 experts.

According to report India, has a robust system of checks and balances (ranked 37 worldwide and second among lower middle income countries), an independent judiciary, strong protections for freedom of speech, and a relatively open government (ranking 50th globally and fourth among lower-middle income countries).”Administrative agencies do not perform well (ranking 79th) and the civil court system ranks poorly (ranking 78) mainly because of deficiencies in the areas of court congestion, enforcement, and delays in processing cases,” the report said.(Page 55)

Worldwide, the Nordic nations — Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden — as well as the Netherlands scored best across all nine factors, according to the 228-page report.

The core areas of consideration and India’s Rank among BRIC countries:

(Sources: Rule of Law Index 2012)

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