Staff Reporter

It will be ready in 10 months, says Madras High Court Chief Justice

ERODE: Madras High Court Chief Justice A. P. Shah said the textile town would soon have an additional court complex on the district court premises, fulfilling the demand for an integrated court complex.

Addressing a gathering of advocates of various associations at the Erode district court on Monday, Justice Shah said the complex would be ready in 10 months. Erode advocates have been fighting for 23 years for an integrated court complex. The State Government had made available a `sizable amount' for courts, unlike in the past, where allocation was made only to meet recurring expenses. This would go a long way in augmenting the judiciary's infrastructure because many a subordinate court functioned in a poor environment.

"Many of our courts function in an archaic set-up, which resembles courts of 19th and 20th centuries," he said and recalled his visits to a few courts in Chennai, where ``litigants could not even enter court hall".

"Some courts functioned in sheds with poor furniture and in an atmosphere not conducive for rendering justice," he added.

Justice F. M. Ibrahim Kalifullah, referring to the advocates' agitation and the court boycott for an integrated court complex, said with the announcement of a new building, the era of agitation had ended.

Dispute resolution

Agitations not only affected the judiciary but also the litigant public, he said. He also dwelt upon alternative dispute resolution (ADR) by way of mediation.

Advocates need not entertain reservations about ADR; it would in no way affect their profession. In fact, it would only complement their profession and help retain clients, he said.

Earlier, welcoming the judges from Madras High Court, Chairman of the Bar Federation, E. V. Viswanathan, said it was a day of celebration for Erode advocates and public. The president of Advocates' Association, P. C. Palanisamy, welcomed the gathering. The president of Bar Association, V.S. Saravanan, proposed a vote of thanks.

District Judge A.S. Kannan also participated.