The Rajasthan High Court has envisioned for its Subordinate Courts to dispose of by year end, cases that have been pending for more than 10 years. It also aims for the lower Courts to dispose of by September, 2018, cases that have been pending for more than 5 years.
Subordinate Courts have, further, been directed to prepare a list of cases that have been pending for more than five years, and the President Officer has been asked to make a monthly review of this list. Moreover, Bail Applications have been directed to be disposed of within a week.
“Cases in which accused persons are in judicial custody be kept under constant vigil and be disposed of on priority. In all such cases, where the accused is entitled for the benefit of Section 436A Cr.P.C., it must be ensured that bail order is passed without any delay (sic),” the notice goes on to state.
Adopting a more inclusive approach, it has also put forth the idea of carrying out bi-monthly meetings of Judicial Officers posted in the District on last Friday of concerned month, “to take up all general issues with special emphasis on work performance and steps taken for disposal of old cases.”
Cases against women and senior citizens have been directed to be dealt with on a priority basis, and “with sensitivity.” In case of under-trial prisoners, Magistrate Trial has been directed to be completed within six months and Sessions trial within two years.
“In the spirit of judgment of Supreme Court in P. Ramchandra Rao Vs. State of Karnataka, it is to be ensured that faster disposal may not cause injustice to litigating parties and Quality must not be compromised in any condition for the sake of quantity,” the notice clarifies.