In his first interaction with all judicial officers across Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh through video-conferencing, the chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana high court, Sanjay Kishan Kaul, has directed them to take up on priority the cases of over five years pendency related to the disabled, senior citizens, crime against women and child abuse.
The chief justice interacted with district and sessions judges, additional district and sessions judges, civil judges (senior division) and chief judicial magistrates of 18 sessions divisions of Punjab and also the Chandigarh sessions division on Tuesday.
However, the interaction through video-conferencing was done on Wednesday for judicial officers of 20 sessions divisions of Haryana.
During his interaction, the chief justice was informed that there was a shortage of public prosecutors in Punjab. It came to the fore that a public prosecutor was handling criminal cases in three courts.
On this, the chief justice informed the judicial officers that the case regarding filling up of the vacancies of public prosecutors across Punjab had been taken up with the state government and already a petition on the subject had been filed in the high court.
The judicial officers also apprised the chief justice of the shortage of court staff and their houses. The chief justice informed them that the high court was taking care to overcome the shortage of staff through centralised recruitment.
Already, directions had been issued to appoint the court staff like stenographers on ad hoc basis.Also, the state governments had been communicated to provide housing facilities to the judicial officers at the earliest.
Registrar general of the high court, Gurvinder Singh Gill, said that soon a meeting would be convened with the chief secretaries of both the states as well as the adviser to the Chandigarh administrator to put across and find the way out of the common problems of courts.