HC takes another step to quickly dispose of cases

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has introduced a new system to ensure speedy disposal of not only pending but fresh cases.

Written by RAGHAV OHRI | Chandigarh | Published:February 10, 2009 12:13 am

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has introduced a new system to ensure speedy disposal of not only pending but fresh cases.

It was decided last week that all new cases filed in the various branches of the High Court will come up for hearing before a concerned Bench only after replies and counter-replies have been filed by the two parties. Now,cases will first come up before Registrar Judicial(s) who will,in turn,give short dates to the opposite parties to file replies. The case will come up for argument before a court only after the two parties have filed their replies and counter-replies.

At present,cases continue to be delayed without any arguments as the two parties seek adjournments to file replies. As a result,cases are adjourned for months only for issuance of summons to the opposite parties and filing of replies.

In the new system,a separate list under ‘completion cases’ is being prepared. The two parties involved do not appear before the courts,but before the Registrar Judicial to file their replies,objections and counter-replies. No long adjournments are thus given by the Registrar Judicial Bench. The practice not only saves the time of the court but also of the litigant as the case is likely to be disposed of speedily.

While cases are adjourned in courts for two to three months,a Registrar Judicial gives only 15 to 20 days to either party to file replies. In case a party attempts to prolong the case by not a filing reply,the Registrar Judicial will bring it to the notice of the concerned court which can impose penalty on the offending party.

“The entire credit goes to the Chief Justice for introducing this system. This is another step taken by him to ensure that pending cases are disposed of speedily. Besides,the system will also save precious time of courts and advocates. Neither the Court nor an advocate will have to wait for long to just file a reply,” said Rupinder S Khosla,president of the High Court Bar Association.

The difference
Earlier:
Cases are adjourned for two to three months to file replies and counter-replies due to heavy workload of courts

Now:Parties get a maximum of two to three weeks to file replies. The day the file of a case is ‘complete’,it is put up before the concerned court for arguments

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