Hoshiarpur, Oct 11 (UNI) Mobile courts, introduced to provide justice to the needy at their doorsteps, are finding it hard to keep the show running due to practical problems.
A case in point is the mobile court launched with much fanfare at Talwara town in Dasuya sub-division on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Barely able to function for a week, its work came to a halt today today as the members of Bar Association, Dasuya, refused to attend it at its venue at Hajipur and observed strike to protest the alleged loss to their work in the regular courts.
The Bar has decided to observe a three-day strike from today and its president Balbir Singh Gill told reporters that the mobile courts set up to provide speedy justice lack facilities like availability of Oath Commissioner for attestation of documents, photostat, typing, judicial papers and forms at villages where they hold hearings.
Moreover, the space in the fibreglass bus in which the courts were functioning was inadequate and the sound of air conditioner made conversing difficult between clients, lawyers and the Judge.
Both lawyers and litigants were facing great inconvenience, he claimed elaborating that the lawyers had to seek adjournment for their cases in regular courts at Dasuya whenever they had to attend cases in the mobile court.
On the other hand, litigants too, were suffering as they had to spend more money and time due to the Mobile courts. They had to visit the office of the lawyer at Dasuya, one day prior to hearing of the case for preparation. On the day of the hearing, they had to take their lawyers to the venue of the mobile court. There were no proper security arrangement at the venue most of the time, he said.
Thee Bar Association, Dasuya has demanded discontinuation of the mobile courts immediately.
The next meeting of the Bar Association would be held on October 13 to further decide the line of action in this regard, he added.