District court lawyers on Thursday called off their indefinite strike after getting assurance from administrative judge of session division justice Rajiv Bhalla that their interests will be safeguarded.
The strike was taken back by the District Bar Association (DBA) after a delegation of lawyers met Bhalla at the Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday morning to submit their memorandum.
District court lawyers had started the strike on Wednesday to protest against recording of the statements in civil cases by advocates, who are designated by the courts as local commissioners for the purpose. The magistrates should record the evidence themselves, the lawyers had demanded.
“We were assured that in case a party is not satisfied with the recordings done by a local commissioner, the statement will be recorded by magistrates. Advocates can demand suitable dates for their cases,” said DBA president advocate Ashok Chauhan.
Meanwhile, Inderjeet Bassi, a court commissioner (local commissioner), said, “Pendency of civil cases has come down after the local commissioners started recording evidence. We have support of the entire bar. Only a handful of lawyers are opposing the practice.”