Justice Jitendra Chauhan of the Punjab and Haryana high court on Saturday asked the members of the local bar council to become more pro-people and win the confidence of the public in judiciary.
Justice Chauhan along with the administrative judge, Bathinda sessions division, on Saturday visited the district court complex and inspected the monthly lok adalat and courts.
Highlighting the importance of environment, Justice Chauhan watered the plants as part of tree plantation.
After inaugurating the library of the District Bar Association, Justice Chauhan, addressing a gathering of advocates, said, "I applaud your effort to serve the public with dedication, but we all have to become more pro-people in order to win the confidence of public in judiciary. Efforts are being made to shift the Industrial Tribunal and Consumer Redressal Forum to the present court complex."
In the lok adalat, a total of 3,163 cases were taken up of which 3,020 were disposed of and awards amounting to Rs. 2.61 crore were passed by a total of 18 benches.
Addressing the media, Justice Chauhan said, "The purpose of holding lok adalats is to provide speedy and economical justice. The prime objective of the lok adalats is to settle the dispute amicably through compromise so as to save the time and money of the parties and to reduce enmity between them."
"Though there is an increase in the number of judges in the last few years, with the increasing workload there is still shortage of judges. Lok adalat is a movement and we are trying our best to provide justice to people sooner."
District and sessions judge Tejwinder Singh, deputy commissioner KK Yadav, SSP Ravcharan Singh Brar and all judicial officers and advocates were present on the occasion.
During his visit, Justice Chauhan disposed of a pending case in which litigant Pawan Kumar was provided the compensation by respondent Tejpal Singh. Pawan Kumar of Mehraj in Bathinda, who was riding a motorcycle, was seriously injured in October 2009 as he was hit by a vehicle. Justice Chauhan disposed of the case by awarding a compensation of Rs. 1.9 lakh to Pawan Kumar.