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Increase working hours to reduce pending cases: CJI

CHIEF JUSTICE of India justice YK Sabharwal on Sunday suggested an increase in working hours at High Courts and subordinate courts to reduce pending cases.

india Updated: Oct 30, 2006 16:04 IST

CHIEF JUSTICE of India justice YK Sabharwal on Sunday suggested an increase in working hours at High Courts and subordinate courts to reduce pending cases.

Speaking as chief guest at the valedictory function of MP High Court golden jubilee celebration here he cited the Karnataka High Court example of convening Lok Adalats from Monday to Friday after working hours at 4.30 pm.

Besides full business has been transacted on Saturdays, which used to be a holiday for courts, he said adding that it has helped in reducing pendency of cases to a great extend.

He also emphasised to improve the justice delivery system. This can be achieved with following one basic principle of delivering to the best of his or her ability and conscience, he said.

Sabharwal recalled the sacrifices made by leaders of independent India who worked tirelessly in framing of our constitution. Different functional organs including media have been entrusted with specific responsibility towards common man-‘we the people’.  He lauded the contribution of lawyers and judges of MP high court including former Chief Justice of India RC Lahoti.

Union minister for law and justice Hans Raj Bharadwaj emphasised on outsourcing of legal system as means to strengthen economy. He however said the lawyers would have to be extra-ordinarily knowledgeable to with stand competition.

As far as Supreme Court, Delhi High Court and union territories High Courts were concerned the union ministry had excellent coordination. As a result the appointments to vacant posts are made at least 6 months in advance, he said.

He urged the state governments to strike coordination for providing  fillip to justice delivery system. Bharadwaj said the process of dialogue with  state governments is underway to strengthen subordinate courts (trial courts), appointment of judges and infrastructure.  Chief justice of MP high court justice AK Patnaik described the disposal  record of case by courts in MP was far satisfactory as compared to many other  states.

He informed the state government for speedy disposal of cases has  sanctioned 60 special courts. Besides mediations center are also functioning  under the new initiates. He asked the union minister to sanctioned secretary and  other allowance to retired judges of high courts as being provided to  subordinate judges.

Governor KS Kogje (Himachal Pradesh), Justice RC Lahoti,  minister of state for law and justice K Venkatapati, justice AK Mathur, advocate  general Ravinandan Singh and others also spoke on this occasion. Sabharwal also  released a book on MP high court.