Chief Justice Jain assures to dispose of 10-year old cases

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Chandigarh, Apr 20 (UNI) Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Vijender Jain today assured that the cases which were pending in various courts for the last 10 years would be disposed of on priority basis before the year end.

Chief Justice Vijender Jain was interacting with mediapersons after presiding over the first conclave of judicial officers from the States of Punjab, Haryana and Union Territory Chandigarh at Indradhanush Auditorium, Panchkula near here.

Enumerating the pending cases, the Chief Justice said that about 5.61 lakh cases from Punjab, 5.49 lakh cases from Haryana were pending in the courts, which would be quickly disposed of in the coming months.

These pending cases in the subordinate courts had been divided into three categories.

The cases pending for the last 20 years, 10 years and 5 years had been included in first, second and third category respectively.

He said cases in the first category, which were pending for the last 20 years, had already been disposed of. There were about 1000 cases pending in Punjab, 400 in Haryana and about 300 in Chandigarh in the second category.

Similarly, about 35 per cent cases had been disposed of which were pending for the last five years in third category.

He maintained that innovative methods of information technology must be used in the judicial system.

In answer to a question about the quality of justice in quick disposal of cases, the Chief Justice said that disposing of pending cases, quality of justice should not be compromised at any cost.

Chief Justice Jain said mobile courts which were started last year in Haryana and Punjab have shown fruitful results. He said mobile courts would also be set up in other areas of the two states.

When questioned about the functioning of mobile courts, he said these courts had done a tremendous job, besides, excellent feedback was being received. About 1100 cases were disposed of in Haryana while in Punjab total disposal of cases was almost the same despite the fact that these courts were initiated two months later, inthe state, he added.

hE said judiciary system was also part of the increasing industrial growth in the states as well as in the country.

Regarding the filling of the vacancies, the chief Justice said posts of High Court judges had been increased to 68 from 53 which would soon be filled in.


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