TAMIL NADU

District Munsif Court opened at Oddanchatram

Staff Reporter

“Cooperation of lawyers must for effective functioning of courts”

DINDIGUL: Violent activities of lawyers must be condemned, according to A.P. Shah, Chief Justice of the Madras High Court.

(He was reticent to narrate an assault on a judge by lawyers in Chennai on the dais recently.)

Inaugurating the District Munsif Court at Oddanchatram here on Sunday, he warned that such a situation would not be tolerated in future.

“Lawyers cannot escape from moral responsibility. Cooperation of lawyers is necessary for effective functioning of courts.”

The chief justice said that creation of more courts alone would scale down number of pending cases.

The government’s sanction for judge posts had covered only 15 per cent of the total requirements, he said.

Judge-population ratio in US and European countries was 60 to 70 per million whereas it was just 12.5 per million in the State. Moreover, the judges were overburdened with cases compared to their counter parts in countries such as Singapore and Malaysia, he said.

In his keynote address, Minister for Public Works Department Durai Murugan, who politely pinpointed lawyers’ mistakes and misbehaviour, advised advocates not to take their issues to the street and try to settle them through meaningful dialogues.

He expressed his concern over exploitation of poor litigants, who applied for accident claims. Legal profession was respectable one. Lawyers should not forget it, he said.

High Court Judge R. Regupathi said that the demand for judicial magistrate court for Oddanchatram was fulfilled, as it would have it in a fortnight.

Revenue Minister I. Periasamy requested construction of a combined court complex for Dindigul.

High Court Judge S.K. Krishnan spoke on the importance of the ‘Thirukkural.’

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