Identify priority cases, reduce pendency, disposal of cases: Chief Justice to Judicial Officers

Chief Justice (CJ) Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Justice Gita Mittal on Sunday directed Judicial Officers to devote their time in identifying priority cases, discussing ways to reduce pendency and disposal of cases pertaining to weaker sections of the society.

The Chief Justice issued these instructions while reviewing the functioning of all the district courts of UTs of Jammu and Kashmir & Ladakh in a phased manner through virtual mode.

The administrative Judges of the respective districts joined in the interaction through the virtual mode. In the meeting she impressed upon all the Judicial Officers to expeditiously dispose of old cases with thrust on main cases.

Magistrates were advised to ensure prompt execution of maintenance orders so that the persons in need of immediate maintenance are able to reap the actual benefit of maintenance order.

“Devote the time in identifying priority cases, discussing the ways and means to reduce pendency of cases and disposal of cases pertaining to weaker sections of the society as well as of under trail prisoners,” CJ were directed Judicial Officers.  She further advised the officers to increase hearing of cases of emergent nature through video conferencing facility.

Taking stock of the infrastructure issues of district courts, Chief Justice impressed upon Principal District & Sessions Judges to aggressively take up the matter of infrastructure with the administration as well as with the concerned Civil Departments. Status of ongoing projects, land acquisition proceedings for construction of new Court Complexes was also reviewed by the Chief Justice.

Working of district courts of Kargil, Shopian, Kulgam and Reasi was reviewed by the Chief Justice on 13th of July 2020.  Interaction with Judicial Officers of District Kathua, Poonch, Doda and Ganderbal was held on 14th of July 2020 and functioning of District Courts of District Budgam, Samba, Rajouri and Bandipora was received on 18th of July 2020.

Chief Justice shall also be interacted with the Judicial officers of the remaining ten Districts in a phased manner in near future.