They protest against CJI’s proposal to work for 365 days

The functioning of most courts here came to a virtual standstill on Friday as over 800 lawyers belonging to the Puducherry Bar Association abstained from judicial proceedings to express their opposition to the proposal mooted by Chief Justice of India R.M. Lodha to have 365 working days for all courts on the lines of emergency services like hospitals.

The Chief Justice of India had made the suggestion recently to Chief Justices of High Courts that courts function through the year with curtailed vacations to bring down the pendency of cases.

Responding to a call by the Federation of Bar Associations of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, members of Bar in Puducherry assembled in the foyer of the Association and abstained from all court matters.

Following the boycott of proceedings, the functioning of 13 courts at the combined court complex, were affected. However, the criminal courts functioned as usual.

M. Kumaran, president of Pondicherry Bar Association said, “We are not amenable to the idea to make 365 days working for courts. If you look at the pendency situation, the backlog is much higher in the High Courts and the Supreme Court than subordinate courts.”

The lawyers also suggested the appointment of more judicial officers as a practical way to address the clearing of pendency and rejected the idea that the legal profession should be likened to the medical profession in prescribing 365 workdays a year.

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