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New HC roster to focus on disposal of long-pending, MACT cases

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, December 28, 2013
First Published: 22:54 IST(28/12/2013) | Last Updated: 00:31 IST(29/12/2013)

As the Punjab and Haryana high court opens on January 8 after winter vacations, advocates and litigants would witness a number of changes in the functioning of the courts.

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Not only the judges have been allotted the courts as per their seniority and roster but in a first it has been decided that Wednesdays and Thursdays would be dedicated for hearing the regular (long-pending) cases as no motion cases would now be fixed on these days. However, cases coming up for the first time for hearing could be listed. Earlier, only Thursdays were dedicated for hearing regular cases.

With a special focus on timely disposal of cases related to the motor accident claims tribunal (MACT), first appeal against order and regular second appeal, 10 judges sitting in five division benches would break after lunch on Wednesdays and would sit singly for hearing such cases.

It has also been decided to take the cases relating to senior citizens, crime against women, persons with disability, children, marginalised sections, Prevention of Corruption Act, cases in which proceedings before the lower courts have been stayed and remand cases from the Supreme Court, on priority basis. Also, special benches would take up the cases on all Fridays.

In a big relief to advocates, now all the division benches would sit in the front portion of the high court premises, courts dealing with criminal cases at one side and courts hearing civil cases at another side.

In the new roster, there would be eight division benches -- civil (four), criminal (two), tax (one), green and civil (one). Now there would be 13 single benches hearing criminal cases, 11 hearing civil cases and seven hearing writ cases.

Newly appointed judges on Saturday, Arun Palli and Harinder Singh Sidhu, would sit with chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice Jasbir Singh, respectively, in division benches.

Main points

Wednesdays and Thursdays would be dedicated for hearing the regular (long-pending) cases
Special focus on timely disposal of cases related to the motor accident claims tribunal


Cases relating to senior citizens, crime against women, persons with disability, children, marginalised sections, Prevention of Corruption Act to be taken on on priority basis

In the new roster, there would be eight division benches -- civil (four), criminal (two), tax (one), green and civil (one)

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