Two fast track courts have been set up in the Delhi High Court in the first concrete move to cut down backlog of pending criminal appeals. These two courts will deal with cases pending from 1994 to 2000.
“The litigants can visit any Delhi Legal Service Authority (DLSA) office located in five district courts to clear their doubts about the listing of their matters,” said Sanjay Sharma, DLSA Project Officer.
Parties have been asked to contact their lawyers including legal aid lawyers for effective representation of their cases before these courts.
Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Ajit Bharioke would head the first bench and Justices Pradeep Nandarjog and Indermeet Kaur Kochhar would head the second bench. Litigants can approach the High Court even if the criminal appeal was filed long ago.
“At present if parties don’t appear in the court, the benches issue bailable and non-bailable warrants against the appellants,” said Sharma.
In case of non-appearance most of the matters entail adverse orders including dismissal of appeals.
“With these fast track courts, several pending criminal appeals would be cleared with effective hearing. Many people are suffering behind bars due to this backlog of criminal cases,” said KTS Tulsi, senior Supreme Court lawyer.
The two fast track courts will work in continuance with the routine hearing of matters. Cases would be listed frequently and effective hearings will be conducted.