Srinagar, Nov 9: Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court Justice B A Khan Thursday laid foundation stone of Court Complex at Sumbal Sonawari.
The new court complex is estimated to cost about Rs 93 lakhs and expected to be completed within one year. The design of the complex includes main courtroom, library, judicial lockup, nazarat and other rooms for staff. Spread over 5500 sq. ft, the complex will have double storey structure.
Addressing a function on the occasion, Chief Justice asked the judges, advocates and other sections of the legal community to work with added zeal and commitment so that prompt justice is ensured to people.
He urged the legal fraternity to adopt new techniques to sort out the disputes at the initial stages so that long drawn legal procedures are avoided.
Justice Khan maintained that a new mechanism has been put in place in Jammu & Kashmir to speed up disposal of pending cases. He said thrust has been laid to focus attention towards speedy disposal of cases and matters involving human lives, family disputes, accident claims etc. He said incentive and recognition would be extended to judges showing performance in prompt disposal of pending and other cases.
The Chief Justice asserted that adequate infrastructural facilities are required so that the judiciary functions in a better manner. He said about 40 percent courts presently function in rented buildings and there is an urgent need to provide adequate accommodation facility to the courts.
He called for implementation of scheme under which the Centre provides matching funds to the state for development of judicial infrastructure. He asked the state government to take up this matter with the concerned adding the Prime Minister is keen to develop the judicial and other infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir.
Justices Khan directed the concerned executing agencies to immediately take up work on the new court complex and ensure that it is functional within 6 months. He also announced Rs 25,000 for purchase of books for the local bar.
Chief Justice interacted with judicial officers and members of local Bar Association.