The planning of the court complex is based on courtyard arrangements and the separation of the judicial from the administrative function is obvious, said Ravi Kumar Rudroj, Assistant State Architect, Government of Telangana. He reviewed the designs of various court complexes in Telangana by GITAM School of Architecture students on 29th November 2022.
He told that the fundamental guiding factors in the design of a court complex would include- Providing optimum working conditions leading to increased efficiency of judicial officers and the administrative staff; To provide easy access to justice to all and Providing the safety and security of judges, administrative staff, litigants, witnesses, and under-trial prisoners, etc.
The primary requirements of a self-sufficient court complex are- The infrastructure design must cater to the needs of all concerned; The design with inherent flexibility to meet the local needs and conditions; The court complex must be user-friendly, for lawyers, litigants, the general public, witnesses and the police officials; It must be barrier-free to cater to the needs of the persons with disability, senior citizens and infirm persons; The court complex must be self-sufficient in terms of power backup and other essential services like security and surveillance; The buildings have to be fully IT-enabled so as to permit the incorporation of the latest technology geared to enhance the efficiency of the judicial system, Ravi Kumar explained.
He made it clear that the building should comprise Courtrooms, Judges’ chambers, Litigants’ waiting area, Administrative offices, Support facilities, Bar rooms for ladies and gents, a library along with the utility block, and adequate parking facilities for judges, lawyers, litigants, and other visitors.
Prof. Sunil Kumar.G, Director, School of Architecture; Prof. Sri Sravanti.K also participated in this review.