The Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, on Saturday, made a surprise inspection in the subordinate courts and assessed the situation prevailing in the City Civil Courts and Family Courts.
As his first stop, the Chief Justice M.Y.Eqbal sat in on conciliation proceedings between couples in one of the Family Courts. He advised a couple who had approached the court on account of a misunderstanding between them.
Following complaints from litigants and lawyers relating to the delay in issuance of certified copies of judgments/orders and decrees in the subordinate courts, the Chief Justice, in order to determine the ground reality and reasons behind the delay, inspected various sections of the Court Complex. These included the Drafting Section, where orders/decrees are drafted, the Copy Section, where certified copies of judgments/decrees are issued, and the Records Section, where bundles relating to disposed cases are stored.
In the Copy Section, the Chief Justice verified various registers and enquired about the reasons for non-issuance of certified copies on time.
According to a press release from the Registrar of Madras High Court, after the inspection , the Chief Justice issued instructions to the Principal Judges of the City Civil Court and the Family Court for immediate compliance/ He asked them to establish co-ordination among various sections involved in the preparation of certified copies of judgments, orders and decrees.
He asked them to ensure that “there is no inordinate delay in issuance of certified copies of judgments/orders/decrees to the litigant public and that the process is expedited at every possible stage.”