Alleging that judges are being pressurised by the Punjab and Haryana high court to dispose of cases speedily to decrease workload on lower courts, lawyers in the state claim they are finding it hard to cope with the situation, with judges now giving hearing dates at very short intervals.
In a state-level meeting of all district bar council representatives held in Moga on Saturday, the lawyers discussed the issue and decided to take up the matter with the chief justice of the high court.
“In a race to dispose of the cases, judges forget the pressure on advocates who have to understand the case, collect documents and evidences to produce in the court, which is not possible for us to do in a short time. This results into injustice with our client,” Naseeb Bawa, president of Moga district bar council said while addressing the state-level meeting.
Representatives of as many as 30 bar councils, including 12 sub-divisional ones, from the entire state took part in the discussion and raised various issues being faced by advocates.
Bawa said that in the wake of the high court pressure and to gain units (points to solve cases) judges had started giving single or double hearing dates in a week, which was too short time for advocates to collect the information and sometimes became the reason for their client not getting the justice.
“Judges should give time of at least one month after a hearing, especially in a new case in which they need to understand the case,” he said.
Guriqbal Singh Chahal, president Bathinda Bar association, said the government was not providing the grant to construct advocate chambers in their district resulting into a financial load on advocates.
Advocates also raised the issue of lack of representatives of advocates in zones and suggested holding zone-wise bar elections, instead of state-wise, saying it would help in ensuring a representative to a particular area who can understand the problems being faced by advocates on the ground level.
They also recommended a change in working hours of courts from ‘9.30am to 4pm’ to ‘10am to 4.30pm’ as people coming from a distant places could reach courts in time.
Bawa said they would soon write a letter for an appointment with the chief justice to take up their issues with him.
“If the chief justice fails to address our problems, we will decide further course of action in our next meeting to be held in Sangrur in the second week of April,” he added.