Aim to reduce pendency of cases and provide speedy justice

The Delhi High Court on Thursday ordered setting up of 47 new courts across the Capital’s six district courts to reduce pendency of cases and provide speedy justice.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal along with Law Minister Somnath Bharti had on Wednesday called on Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and discussed ways and means to improve the justice delivery system in the city.

The Chief Minister had also requested the Chief Justice to appoint 100 more judges in the six district courts.

The new courts will deal with civil, criminal and motor accident cases. The infrastructure for these courts will be set up by January 15.

The High Court also promoted 49 judicial officers of the Delhi Judicial Services (Civil Judges and Metropolitan Magistrates) to the Delhi Higher Judicial Services (Additional District and Sessions Judges) in these district courts.

The order issued by Registrar-General Sangita Dhingra Sehgal for setting up these cases also said that 78 officers of the Delhi Higher Judicial Services (Additional District and Sessions Judges) and 150 officers of the Delhi Judicial Services (Civil Judges and Metropolitan Magistrates) had also been transferred.

Two senior trial court judges -- Satinder Kumar Gautam and Brijesh Kumar Garg -- have been promoted as Joint Registrar in the High Court to record evidence in the original side, the order said.

“The creation of the new courts will certainly result in expediting trial of cases both in the district courts as well as the Delhi High Court,’’ the order stated.

The High Court also asked the District Judges of the six trial courts to intimate the litigants within two weeks about the new destinations of their pending cases so that no inconvenience is caused to lawyers and their clients following transfer of their cases.

The High Court also asked the judges who have been either promoted or transferred to pronounce judgments in cases where they have reserved them.

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