3,179 such cases pending in Thanjavur district
THANJAVUR: Evening courts will help in expediting small cases, Principal Sessions and District Judge Mohammed Zaffarullakhan said here on Wednesday.
Inaugurating an evening court at the court complex here, Mr. Justice Zafarullakhan said the High Court had ordered the opening of such courts to dispose of small cases quickly. Hence, they were first started in corporations and now in the district headquarters. In the first phase, evening courts were started in Thanjavur, Nagapattinam and Karur. The Judge said 3,179 small cases were pending in the district. In Thanjavur court alone, 813 cases were pending.
With respect to motor accident cases, litigants had to spend most of their time in courts. Hence, they were not able to go to offices. If the cases were tried in the evening court, which would function from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the litigants could attend easily attend the courts and settle the cases. Advocates, if they were unable to attend the evening court, could send their juniors. Thirty-five accident cases were settled on the first day and a compensation of about Rs.16,000 was paid.
Amit Kumar Singh, Superintendent of police, Thanjavur district, and Namasivayam, Public Prosecutor, participated.
In Pudukottai, the evening court was inaugurated on Wednesday.
Speaking on the occasion, District and Sessions Judge K. Jayasankaran said the court had been opened at the district headquarters town under the direction of Madras High Court.
Chief Judicial Magistrate B. Rajamanickam, Judicial Magistrate C. Padmanabhan, Superintendent of Police Kapil Kumar C. Saratkar, Revenue Divisional Officer Mohan and Pudukottai Bar Association president M. Asokan were among those who spoke at the inauguration.