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Do not boycott court: acting Chief Justice

NEW FACILITY: Acting Chief Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya, Madras High Court second from right, inaugurating court buildings in Kodaikanal on Saturday.

NEW FACILITY: Acting Chief Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya, Madras High Court second from right, inaugurating court buildings in Kodaikanal on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: — PHOTO : G. KARTHIKEYAN

Staff Reporter

KODAIKANAL: “Do not boycott court and strike work over petty matters,” said S.J. Mukhopadhaya, acting Chief Justice, Madras High Court.

He made this appeal to lawyers after inaugurating a new court building constructed on an outlay of Rs.2.27 crore and a camp sub-court here on Saturday.

Resorting to a strike was a recent phenomenon. Lawyers must think about it. A majority of the litigants approached only subordinate courts. Only a few approached the High Court, he said. “If people appreciate you, (lawyers in subordinate courts), they will appreciate us. Your prestige is our prestige,” he said.

The ACJ also appreciated the State Government for sanctioning more funds for development of infrastructure for judiciary. Kodaikanal court had only two judges. But it would accommodate 10 judges and as many court rooms in the future.

Stating that Kodaikanal bar members were numbering 35 to 50, he said the strength of the bar was not the question. The quality of the bar was vital. They must perform well and set an example for their counterparts in subordinate courts, he said.

High Court Judge R. Regupathi said that pendency of cases was alarming from sub-courts to Supreme Court. Kodaikanal court alone had 2,005 civil cases and 1,227 criminal cases pending. Despite establishment of alternative resolution methods by Lok Adalat and conciliation and mediation, arrears in courts could not be cleared, he said.

“Judicial officers and advocates must react to this reality, reject unnecessary litigation and avoid casual adjournments. Courts can function efficiently only with lawyers’ assistance. If we are vigilant, we can thrash out unnecessary litigations at the grass root level to give justice within a reasonable period and cost.” Stating that subordinate courts were the backbone of judicial system, Justice Regupathi said that litigants and the public would get a good impression only through better functioning of courts. People who were fed up with political and administrative maladies only would knock the doors of judiciary.

Avoiding frivolous litigation and preventing lengthy litigation by the bar would help judiciary to scale down backlogs. “If you adopt innovative and novel methods to prolong proceedings, people will lose hope in judiciary.” .

Minister I. Periasamy assured that the Government would sanction funds without delay for infrastructure development.

High Court Judge S.K. Krishnan said that the new court building had all modern facilities.

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