Over 50,000 petty cases have been disposed of by 100 trainee judicial officers in five days and collected nearly Rs 2 crore by way of fine.
In a bid to reduce backlog of petty cases, which have been adding to the pendency of the metropolitan magistrate’s court under various acts punishable with imprisonment up to six months and fine up to Rs 5,000, a group of 100 trainee judicial officers was assigned the task.
These judges were assigned 87,636 cases of which they have disposed off 53,159, on September 3 and 4 and from October 29 to 31.
These 100 newly recruited judicial officers are the from the first batch of judicial officers undergoing training at Maharashtra Judicial Academy and Indian Mediation Centre and Training Institute at Uttan in Bhayander.
The training institute for judicial officers including judges was inaugurated by President Pratibha Patil on June 27.
The trainee officers — who are Judicial Magistrate First Class — were vested with powers of special metropolitan magistrate
to deal with these petty cases.
Moreover, the project also generated revenue of nearly Rs 2 crore by way of fine.
The project has been a result of an initiative taken by the chief justice and other judges of the Bombay High Court. According to a press release issued by the registrar general's office, a detailed plan was chalked out to enable the trainee judges to exercise jurisdiction as special metropolitan magistrates.
It has been proposed to continue with the project as part of an ongoing mass judicial movement for reduction of arrears of cases in Maharashtra.