STATE TIMES NEWS SRINAGAR: Chief Justice Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Justice Gita Mittal is reviewing the functioning of all the District Courts of UTs of Jammu and Kashmir & Ladakh in a phased manner. The review is being carried through virtual mode on Sunday. Working of District Courts of Kargil, Shopian, Kulgam and Reasi was reviewed by the Chief Justice on July 13, 2020. Interaction with Judicial Officers of District Kathua, Poonch, Doda and Ganderbal was held on 14th of July 2020 and functioning of District Courts of District Budgam,Samba, Rajouri and Bandipora was received on July 18, 2020. Chief Justice was joined by administrative Judges of the respective Districts during the interaction through the Virtual mode. Reviewing the functioning of the District Courts, Chief Justice impressed upon all the Judicial officers of these 12 Districts to expeditiously dispose of old cases with main thrust on main cases. Magistrates were advised to ensure prompt execution of maintenance orders so that the persons in need of immediate maintenance are able to reap the actual benefit of maintenance order. Judicial Officers were directed to devote their time in identifying priority cases, discussing the ways and means to reduce pendency of cases and disposal of cases pertaining to weaker sections of the society as well as of under-trial prisoners. Judicial officers were advised to increase hearing of cases of emergent nature through video conferencing facilities. Taking stock of the infrastructure issues of District Courts, Chief Justice impressed upon Principal District & Sessions Judges to aggressively take up the matter of infrastructure with the administration as well as with the concerned Civil Departments. Status of ongoing projects, land acquisition proceedings for construction of new Court Complexes was also reviewed by the Chief Justice. Chief Justice shall also be interacted with the Judicial officers of the remaining ten Districts in a phased manner in near future.
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