The Delhi High Court has directed all judicial officers to return record of any case requisitioned by them to the trial court concerned to enable it to proceed with the disposal of the case.
In a practice direction issued by Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal, the judicial officers have been told to return the trial/ lower court record to the trial court concerned if a stay has not been granted by the higher court.
It said the record may be requisitioned again from the trial court before the next date of hearing.
Justice Mittal also directed that the trial court should be duly informed of any appeal or revision pending before the higher court so that case records can be preserved till the final disposal of the case.
The directions would ensure against common situation where trial in a case remains pending or is adjourned for several dates only because the trial court records are with a higher court.
This direction by Justice Mittal is in line with a series of efforts being made by her to increase the efficiency of judicial system and ensure timely disposal of cases to reduce pendency.