“Submit documents on the basis of which their jurisdictions were distributed”

Taking note of a petition alleging non-adherence to the concept of ‘justice at the doorstep’, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday summoned the documents on the basis of which the Delhi Government has notified creation of new district courts and distributed their jurisdiction over different areas in the Capital.

A Division Bench of the Court comprising Justice Darmar Murugesan and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw also issued notices to the Government asking it to file a reply to the petition by January 7, 2013, the next date of hearing.

Seeking quashing of the notification for allegedly creating anomalies in the distribution of jurisdiction of the district courts, the petitioner, Dwarka Court Bar Association, sought quashing of it, submitting that the unequal and irrational distribution of the jurisdiction has resulted into a few district courts getting more areas that it could easily deal with while the others had vacant courtrooms lying there.

It had also caused a great hardship to the litigants as they had to travel long distances to file cases because the courts having jurisdiction over their areas were far away from their residences, despite the fact that they had a district court located nearby their colonies.

Therefore, the notification had not taken into account the proximity theory into account while deciding the jurisdiction of the different district courts, the petitioner stated.

Referring particularly to the Dwarka District Courts’ jurisdiction, the petitioner submitted that the areas proximate to it had been merged with the New Delhi District Courts, compelling the litigants of these areas to travel long distances to reach the Patiala House where the court were located, the petitioner submitted.

This highlighted the irrational and arbitrary approach of the Government towards the distributions of the jurisdiction of the different district courts, the petitioner alleged.

The lack of thought and logic behind the notification was also evident from the fact that the Government had kept the entire west district, which is close to the Dwarka District Courts, out of this reshuffle of jurisdiction, the petitioner said.