Three months after the Chief Justices of all states met and mooted increasing working hours of courts as one of the measures to cut down the backlog, the Delhi High Court plans to take the lead.
Delhi Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah has proposed to increase the daily working hours of the Delhi High Court by half an hour or increase the working days.
At present the court functions for five hours on weekdays. Saturdays and Sundays are holidays. Justice Shah, through his recent communiqué, has sought the view of the bar before its implementation.
“We have received the Chief Justice's Communiqué. We will respond after eliciting the views of the members,” Delhi High Court Bar Association (HCBA) president K.C. Mittal told Hindustan Times.
Mittal said the association has already issued a circular seeking the views of the members.
Recently, the number of Delhi High Court judges was increased by seven. The total strength now is 41.
The sanctioned strength of the Delhi High Court is 48. Total pendency of civil and criminal cases in the Delhi HC at the end of June 2007 was 79,466.
Mittal said increasing working hours was important but at the same time there can be better results if the five working hours at present is “appropriately utilised”.
“Today most of the time is taken in dealing with admission matters and the advocates keep on waiting for their turn the entire day. It is observed that regular matters are not taken up at all and even reserving Thursdays for hearing old matters has not yielded the desired results,” said a note issued by HCBA secretary DK Sharma.