Lawyers demand apex court Bench, to boycott courts

Special Correspondent

SALEM: Demanding the setting up of a Supreme Court Bench in Chennai and insisting on adequate representation for senior lawyers practising in district courts in the appointment of judges in the Madras High Court, lawyers in the districts and subordinate courts of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry have decided to boycott proceedings for three days from December 29.

The decisions were taken at the executive committee meeting of the Federation of District and Subordinate Courts Bar Associations of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry held here on Monday.

Federation chairman P. Paramasivam said that the Parliament Standing Committee on Law and Justice had stated that there were 48,838 cases pending before the apex court up to August 2008, and recommended that government should take up effective measures to clear them. Endorsing this view, the executive of the Federation felt that it was essential to set up a Bench of the Supreme Court in Chennai. He said that the collegiums of Madras High Court had recommended 14 names for the appointment of High Court judges, of which just three were from districts.

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