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Change names of 3 High Courts, says parliamentary committee

J. Venkatesan

NEW DELHI: The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice has urged the Centre to change the names of the Madras, Calcutta and Bombay High Courts in line with the official names of these cities.

During the committee's interaction with a cross-section of people and others, some members raised the issue in view of the fact that after renaming the metropolitan cities Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai, there was need for making corresponding changes in the names of the High Courts.

It was argued that if the names of these courts remained the same it might create confusion and mislead the public and appear anachronistic.

The committee is headed by Congress MP, E.M. Sudarsana Natchiappan.

Concern over vacancies

Expressing concern over the inordinate delay in filling judges' vacancies, the committee said the increased workload of judges in the wake of mounting arrears of cases also needed to be addressed.

It called upon the Government to thoroughly assess personnel requirement for the administration of justice and come out with proposals to improve the situation.

The committee pointed out that after the present system of appointment of judges had come into vogue there was no perceptible improvement in filling vacancies in the Supreme Court and High Courts.

"The time has come when the issue has not only to be deliberated at the highest level, but also to be debated in the public domain so that there could emerge an alternative system which could bring about an overall improvement in the situation".

The committee has called upon the Government to come out with a concrete alternative, addressing the issue of appointment of judges of the higher judiciary so that the vacancies are filled on the date of their occurrence.

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