Inaugurating the Lawyers Chamber Complex at the Chandigarh District Courts Tuesday, Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Sanjay Kishan Kaul Tuesday said that the real issue is not the pendency but the long pending cases.
He added that a case should be counted as arrears when it crosses an ideal time period in which it should be decided. He highlighted the fact that new cases which have been instituted will take some time before they are decided.
To expedite disposal of old cases, the High Court has directed all courts that all cases which are pending for more than ten years be decided till March 31 and all the cases which are pending for the last five years to be disposed of by July 31.
At the function, Kaul spoke on host of issues. In a reply to a question about the alleged corruption in judiciary, he said, “In every system there are aberrations. It is reflection of the society at a particular stage. A judge has a duty of deciding a litigation. He will always displease one side.”
He further added, “In many cases it is the losing party which tries to build a scenario where they try to blame everyone in the system for their loss. People who don’t adhere to the judicial ethics are dealt with firmly, yet we cannot demoralise the judicial officers who are doing their jobs. And then there are some genuine cases, and where the complaints are genuine, we will take up the issue.”
Talking about the importance of the role that can be played by lawyers, Kaul said, “Lawyers and judges – both exist for a common cause and that is to deliver justice. This institution should not stop even for a day. We work for the common man.
It is in the interest of the people that the work should continue. We understand law and can settle all the issues through lawful means.”
He also urged the lawyers to keep the Lawyers Chamber Complex and Service Block in order, saying, “As you keep your house in order, keep this place in order too.”
About fast-tracking certain cases, Kaul said that in certain cases like those related to juveniles and women, the High Court is monitoring the cases on monthly basis and ensuring that they are disposed of as soon as possible.
Speaking on the occasion, S K Aggarwal, District and Sessions Judge, Chandigarh said, “As the bar prospers, the entire institution prospers.” He also thanked the Chief Justice for providing ten new courts that will help in disposing off more cases.
Talking to Newsline, Baljeet Singh, Secretary, Chandigarh Bar Association said, “ We have been getting full cooperation from all the judges of the high court and the Chandigarh district court.
“We have been assured that all the lawyers who have not got the chambers will be allotted the same very soon.”