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Huge chunk of pending cases adds to load at family court

The family court in Bandra has provision for seven courts, but only six function, significantly increasing workload on judges who deal with at least 60 cases a day. Over 10,000 cases are pending in the court, reports Urvi Mahajani.

mumbai Updated: Sep 21, 2009 02:00 IST
Urvi Mahajani

The family court in Bandra has provision for seven courts, but only six function, significantly increasing workload on judges who deal with at least 60 cases a day. Over 10,000 cases are pending in the court.

While the seventh courtroom is ready, it is not functional, as no judge has been assigned for the last nine months. Besides, the building has several more rooms that can be converted into courtrooms.

M.M. Mate, registrar of the Family Court, declined comment saying the matter was subjudice. “The Bombay High Court and the government are looking into it so I would not like to comment,” said Mate.

Advocate Neelofar Akhtar, president, Family Court Bar Association, said, “Considering the sensitive nature of cases, involving child custody, judges need to give more time to each case,” said Akhtar.

Akhtar said several representations have been made to Principal Judge R.R. Vachcha seeking urgent commencement of the additional court. “Principal Judge, in turn, has approached the HC. However, the process is going at a snail’s pace,” said Akhtar.

Advocate Mridula Kadam, who practises at the family court, said that an additional courtroom would not help. “With an increase in number of disputes, more courts are required. This court handles cases from all over Mumbai,” said Kadam.

With the existing number of judges it takes an average time of about two-and-half-years for cases to come up for hearing, added Kadam.

A proposal for construction of additional court was sent to the Public Works Department on June 22, 2008. The chief architect/deputy chief architect approved the plans early this year. After approval, the plans were sent back to the PWD on July 20.