Kerala High Court Judge walks out after 12 cases being deferred

Kerala High Court Judge walks out after 12 cases being deferred

In an unprecedented instance on 21 June, 2013, Justice K Vinod Chandran of the Kerala High Court, walked out after advocates from the Advocate General’s office repeatedly seemed unprepared to present the government’s cases.

The Hindu reports, “Justice Chandran, fed up with the lawyers’ responses, said their conduct was hampering the justice system and delaying justice to those who had approached the Court. Terming it a criminal waste of the Court’s time, the judge walked out of the court hall in frustration. He later summoned Advocate General K.P. Dandapani and Kerala High Court Advocates’ Association president Babu Paul to his chamber. He expressed his displeasure at having to defer cases repeatedly owning to what appeared to be the disinterest of lawyers from the AG’s office. He said lawyers should cooperate to ensure that the courts worked smoothly.”

Unnecessary adjournments sought by lawyers' have always been pointed out as a factor for judicial backlog.