HC frames rules to take justice system to doorsteps

In a decision to ease procedure for litigants from far flung areas to file cases the High Court has designated post offices as approved centres for filing cases.

According to the new rules any person residing in a remote area, desirous of filing a case before the court, can file the same before the nearest approved centre operated by the government of India/state, government approved by the high court or the nearest post office established by the department of post, in collaboration with J&K legal services authority and the court.

“In case of filing before the approved centre, the in charge of the centre shall maintain the entire record of filing of the cases before the designated approved centre, both in soft form as well as in registers specially maintained for the purpose,” said an order issued by registrar general of high court, with regard to amendment in J&K high court rules 1999.

In the event of filing of the case before the post office, the order said, the post master concerned shall maintain the entire record of filing of the cases.

“A person belonging to a remote area may engage any counsel of his/her choice. In case he/she desires so, the Jammu Kashmir state legal services authority (JKSLSA) concerned, district state legal services authority (DSLSA), J&K high court legal services committee, approved centre shall provide legal service to such person,” reads the order.

With regard to proceedings of litigants from remote areas, the proceedings may be facilitated and conducted through the electronic mode using video conferencing facilities between the high court and the approved centre/post office, it said.

The order reads that the summons/notices and other processes that may be issued by the High court shall be transmitted by the court through concerned approved centre/post office having jurisdiction over the area in which the litigant resides.

“Therefore the same shall be delivered either to the process serving agency of the or to the nearest police post/station for engagement of service,” reads the order. “Wherever possible, the proceedings may be conducted through video conferencing. A desk to be known as Court Service Centre shall be earmarked in the High Court for the purpose of receiving cases. A dedicated e-mail ID shall be created for High Court for the purpose and separate record shall be maintained to track the record of the cases heard thorough video conferencing,” reads the order.