The Judges of the High Court of Gujarat have decided to work for one week during the summer vacations, striving to reduce the burden of old cases that have been pending for years. Chief Justice R.S. Reddy reportedly conveyed the news to the Bar Association’s President Mr. Asim Pandya, and sought cooperation from the lawyers. Mr. Pandya has now invited names of Advocates willing to work during the vacations, in order to identify cases that could be put up before the Court.
Last week, Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar had urged Judges to consider sitting in Courts for five days during vacations, to clear at least 10 cases each day and bring down the pendency.
The Supreme Court Judges have already set an example for the High Court and Subordinate Court Judges. It has expressed readiness to hear a whopping 5,298 cases which figure in its notice for advance ‘Regular Hearing Matters List’ for summer vacation from 5th May, 2017 to 2nd July, 2017. These are apart from the three Constitution Benches that will sit during the same time to grapple with complex issues such as the legality of triple talaq and the right to dignity of Muslim women, WhatsApp’s implications on citizen’s right to privacy, and the vexed citizenship tangle in Assam.
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