High Court Judge shares concern of Eluru Bar Association members

The High Court Judge K.C. Bhanu on Saturday responded favourably to the proposal of the Eluru Bar Association for de-linking of the territorial jurisdictions of Jangareddygudem and Bhimavaram from the Kovvuru and Narsapur Additional District Courts respectively and merger with the operational area of the district courts.

Addressing the members of the Eluru Bar Association, he asked the bar to adopt a resolution in favour of such a move and forward it to the High Court for further action. K.V. Ramakrishna, a senior advocate, informed that the bar had lost its clientele base with the establishment of additional district courts in Kovvuru and Narsapur. As a result, the pendency of cases came down to only 500 in the district courts which were being shared by over 1,000 advocates, he added. The past glory of the district courts with a history of 125 years could be restored by bringing back the areas of Jangareddygudem and Bhimavaram back into its fold, he added. The additional district court in Narsapur took away around 40 per cent of civil and criminal cases and 30 per cent of cases went to the Kovvuru additional district court from the purview of the district courts after bifurcation, he explained. Mr. Bhanu expressed happiness over the performance of the courts in the district in disposal of cases. The pendency of cases came down to 39,000 from 42,000 in all the courts in the district together in a span of seven months which showed the good performance of the judiciary in the district, he commented. He expressed serious concern over deteriorating standards in legal profession. A good number of practicing lawyers were lacking writing skills which called for urgent steps for promotion of legal education. Mr. Bhanu promised to help in betterment of infrastructure in the district courts. District Judge P. Ramesh Babu was in the chair. He inaugurated a water plant on the premises of the district courts donated by the Syndicate Bank .