two week ago four villages were declared litigation free by surpreme court judge Justice Santosh Hegde.(The criminal cases were excuded) i find it a strange phenomenon where judiciary permits out-of-court settlements which once settled cannot be taken for reappealing. I do not think the Legislature and executive would permit or tolerate this in their case. furhter the Justice also said the courts in India used to settle about 10,000 cases in 1990 but now it settling about 20,000 cases without any improvement in infrastructure or manpower. (by the way is there a gender neutral word for manpower. i am posting this imformation here keeping in mind the discussion we had during the orientation programme paper 4. of dissilusionment withe state referring to a few cases and film cleippings.