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High courts may increase work days, hours

india Updated: Aug 18, 2009 01:24 IST
Satya Prakash
Satya Prakash
Hindustan Times
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Amid mounting criticism over huge backlog, the chief justices who meet for a conference in New Delhi decided to look into the possibility of increasing the number of working days for high courts from 210 days to 220 days.

Alternatively, they will try to increase the number of working hours by 30 minutes a day.

After their two-day conclave, chief justices of all the 22 high courts of the country adopted a 15-page resolution on various issues confronting the judiciary, including vacancies and pending cases.

“The high courts will make scientific and rational analysis as regards accumulation of arrears and devise a roadmap for itself… taking into account average institution (filing), pendency and disposal of cases and to ensure speedy trial within a reasonable period of time,” the resolution said.

The chief justices also agreed to make efforts to set up additional courts of special judges, exclusively for trying corruption cases investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation, and also at least one family court in each district.

They also reiterated their resolve to set up evening courts to deal with petty offences and dishonoured cheque cases.

The conference agreed to take up the matter of extending the fast track courts beyond March 2010 and setting up of committee to assess the number of gram nyayalayas (village courts). Holding of regular courts in jails and promoting plea bargaining to clear backlog would also be promoted.

The conference resolved to take the issue of increasing the strength of judges in high courts and subordinate courts with the Centre in view of the pendency.

One-fourth of the high court judges should be additional judges, the resolution demanded.