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Lawyers against circuit benches of district, session courts

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Dharamsala, October 20, 2013
First Published: 18:49 IST(20/10/2013) | Last Updated: 18:50 IST(20/10/2013)

The Kangra District Bar Association (DBA) has submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India and the union law minister in protest against the decision of the state high court, wherein it ordered district and sessions court and additional district and sessions court judges to hold circuit courts at various subdivisions of the district for faster disposal of the cases.

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The bar association members have submitted that the decision would affect the lawyers practicing at the district headquarters of Kangra, besides putting extra financial burden on litigants.

“The decision has compelled us to go on the strike and boycott the entire judicial work which is resulting only in an incalculable harm to poor litigants,” said Bar association vice-president Vikramjeet Sharma.

He said the newly constituted circuit courts also lack basic infrastructure and could not practically function as sessions court. “In the memorandum, we have also demanded to set up a bench of the Himachal Pradesh high court at Dharamsala,” said Sharma, adding that the principal quantum of work in the high court, both appellate and otherwise, is from Kangra and adjoining districts of Hamirpur, Una and Chamba.

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