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Circuit Bench likely to be set up by July-end: Cyriac Joseph

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New block: The Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court, Cyriac Joseph, laying the foundation stone for the Administrative Block of the permanent Lok Adalat building in Gulbarga on Monday.
New block: The Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court, Cyriac Joseph, laying the foundation stone for the Administrative Block of the permanent Lok Adalat building in Gulbarga on Monday.

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This is if Government provides basic infrastructure by first week of July

‘Need to create awareness on benefits of legal services for poor litigants’

Cyriac Joseph says the Bar has an important role to play in this

GULBARGA: The Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court, Cyriac Joseph, has indicated that the much delayed circuit Benches will be established in Gulbarga and Dharwad by July-end.

This is if the State Government provides the minimum requirement of court halls, judges’ quarters and other infrastructure in the court complexes under construction in the two districts by the first week of July.

Mr. Joseph, along with senior High Court judges Gopala Gowda and N.K. Patil, visited the site on the outskirts of Gulbarga here on Monday. They spent more than two hours there and also made a few suggestions with regard to the court halls.

They asked Public Works Department officials to hand over five court halls and five judges’ quarters by the first week of July in order to enable the High Court to take a final decision on when to start work on establishing the circuit Bench.

Later, speaking after laying the foundation stone of the Rs. 25-lakh Administrative Block of the permanent Lok Adalat building in the District Court complex, Mr. Cyriac Joseph said that the High Court was keen to establish the circuit Benches in both districts simultaneously. “Even if there is any delay in handing over the required number of court halls and other facilities in Dharwad, the circuit Bench in Gulbarga will start functioning by July-end.”

Ruled out

The Chief Justice ruled out the possibility of the circuit Bench functioning in any other building. He said that the High Court wished to establish the Benches in the new court complexes. .

Referring to the dispensation of legal services in the State, Mr. Joseph said that although the dispensation of legal services in Karnataka was one of the best in the country, there was still a need to create awareness about the benefits of legal services for poor litigants in rural areas. The Bar had an important role to play in this, he added.

Karnataka High Court judge Gopala Gowda, who is also Chairman of the Karnataka Legal Services Authority, in his address said that even the Supreme Court had acknowledged that the dispensation of legal services was the best in Karnataka. Mr. Gowda also to lay more stress on legal services so that Karnataka would be a model State with regard to the dispensation of legal services to the poor and needy.

Principal District and Sessions Judge Ramanna welcomed the gathering. Mr. Patil, who is also the Administrative Judge of Gulbarga district, was present along with president of the Gulbarga Bar Association Basavaraj Chincholi.

Later, the Chief Justice accompanied by the other judges inaugurated the Senior Civil Judge Court in Chitapur town.

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