Advocates of the District Bar Association (DBA) of Chandigarh ended their strike on Thursday after a delegation of lawyers met administrative judge of session division Justice Rajiv Bhalla at Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday morning. They gave their resolution on which Justice Bhalla assured that it will be looked into.
“We are assured that in case a party is not satisfied with local commissioner then the statement would be recorded by the presiding judicial officer,” said advocate Ashok Chauhan president district bar association.
The DBA had raised the issue that the local commissioners, advocates appointed to record the statements of witnesses, are not acting in a fair manner. Members of the association had also pointed out that some of the judicial officers do not behave in a proper way with the advocates. They also said that the adjournments are not being given for more than three-four days. Due to this, the advocates get very less time to prepare for the cases and prepare the witnesses.
Advocate Inderjeet Bassi, one of the local commissioners, who spoke on behalf of all others said, “all the 50 court commissioners in the district courts have practice of 10 or more years and each court has about four commissioners who assist the court in recording evidence to cut down pendency. Local commissioners are not appointed on their own but as per the provision of the judiciary rules. It is wrong to suggest that we are demanding any money from the clients.”