Mobile courts face teething troubles

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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.

The mobile court were launched with much fanfare at Talwara town in Dasuya sub-division on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Barely a week old, its work came to a halt 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.

Its president Balbir Singh Gill told reporters that the mobile courts set up to provide speedy justice lack facilities like an Oath Commissioner for attestation of documents, photostat, typing, judicial papers and forms.

Moreover, the space in the fibreglass bus, in which the courts were functioning was inadequate and the sound of air conditioner made conversation between clients, lawyers and the Judge difficult.

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.

Litigants too were suffering as they had to spend more money and time. The litigants have to visit the office of the lawyer at Dasuya, a day before the hearing in the case for preparation.

On the day of the hearing, they have to take their lawyers to the venue of the mobile court. Also, there are no proper security arrangements at the venue most of the time, he said.

The Bar Association, Dasuya has demanded immediate discontinuation of the mobile courts.

The next meeting of the Bar Association would be held on October 13 to decide the line of action in this regard, he added.

UNI

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