Expressing concern over the number of posts of judges lying vacant in the Karnataka High Court, Governor H.R. Bhardwaj on Wednesday said that the legal fraternity, the judiciary and the authorities concerned should make efforts to see that the court functioned with the full strength of judges.
Addressing members of the Advocates’ Association, Bangalore on the subject “Rule of law and the judiciary”, he said that many vacancies in the post of judges of the higher court would cause delay in the disposal of cases. Delay in the process of appointment of judges to two permanent Benches of the High Court in Dharwad and Gulbarga would affect the judicial work at the principal Bench in Bangalore, he added.
Mr. Bhardwaj said that during his tenure as Union Minister for Law he was taking steps to fill the posts of judges of the High Courts and the Supreme Court in anticipation of vacancies and the process was completed quickly.
Referring to importance of legal fraternity and role of lawyers in the democratic set-up, the Governor said that the of late the Bar had become “monopolistic” and “individualism” was on the rise with less help to the citizens.
Citing the huge fee charged by senior advocates practising in Delhi, Mr. Bhardwaj, who practised law for a long time before entering politics, said the senior advocates as well as the courts should encourage young lawyers.
With the international treaties on various sectors, Mr. Bhardwaj said the entry of foreign lawyers and law firms into the country was imminent and called upon lawyers to gear up for the competition and face challenges in the new branches in law.
Association president K.N. Subba Reddy and general secretary A.P Ranganath were present.