Fill up judges’ vacancies: Bar


Srinagar, Feb 16: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association has expressed concern over the non-availability of full quorum of judges in the High Court and subordinate judiciary.
The Bar spokesman in a statement said that the non-availability of full quorum is resulting in a huge backlog of cases pending for consideration before the courts.
“More than 80 thousand cases are pending before the High Court, which remain unattended for want of availability of judges,” the spokesman said.
He said, “The HCBA has taken up the matter with the Chief Justice of High Court and has demanded to fill up the available vacancies particularly in the High Court at Srinagar where only six judges against the full quorum of 14 are available to hear cases.”
The spokesman said the vacancies are not filled up despite the fact that Supreme Court and Law Commission of India is of the opinion that the vacancies in the High Courts should be filled up at the earliest.
“In Jammu and Kashmir a number of judges have retired in the past two years and the positions are still vacant,” the spokesman said.
The spokesman alleged that while making alleviation to the Benches, the Kashmir Bar Association is not given due representation from lawyers’ quota.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 16 Feb 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 16 Feb 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 17 Feb 2012 00:00:00 IST

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