Monday, January 21, 2008

Hooda seeks separate High Court for state
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 11
Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, today urged the Government of India to establish a separate high court for Haryana at Chandigarh and fill the vacancies of judges in high court and subordinate courts on priority basis.

Speaking at the Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of high courts Conference here, Mr Hooda said, "The state government is fully supporting the proposal of establishing fast track courts at the magisterial level to check the pendency of cases." He also hoped that this scheme would be funded by the Union Government.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inaugurated the conference and Chief justice of India Mr Justice Y. K. Sabharwal gave the key note address.

Mr Hooda said the state government had prepared a 10-year prospective plan amounting to Rs 162.24 crore for strengthening the judicial infrastructure keeping in view the future needs. He said there was a need to simplify laws and procedures to make the process inexpensive.

He said structural, technological and legislative initiatives were required to tackle the issues involved.

He said the state government had been encouraging the alternative disputes redressal measures reduced the arrears of court cases. Lok Adalats were one of such options in which Haryana had done a commendable job. He informed that since 2001, as many as 2,516 Lok Adalats had been held and over 9,47,464 cases were taken up out of which 5,88,784 had been decided.

He informed that the Joint Judicial Academy was being set up at Chandigarh at a cost of Rs 37 crore for imparting training to judicial officers from the states of Haryana and Punjab. The expenses would be shared by both the states jointly.

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