Guwahati, Dec. 4: Judges, lawyers and ministerial staff apart, courts across Assam will now have young MBAs and business management graduates to cope with the increasing workload and enhance their efficiency.
Gauhati High Court has appointed 23 MBAs and business management graduates as court managers — one in its principal seat, and one each in 22 subordinate courts in the districts.
Sources today said a notification for joining of the court managers was issued on November 27 under the provisions of Gauhati High Court (Appointment and Conditions of Service of Court Managers, Assam) Rules, 2012 and they would soon join their duties. Those appointed are between 25 and 35 years of age, IT-savvy and possess work experience in business management.
The court managers will assist the registrar-general and other registrars and officials in the principal seat of the high court and district courts in administrative work and enhance efficiency in management of court functioning. Apart from day-to-day functioning, they will assist in establishing performance standards of the courts on timeliness, efficiency, infrastructure, human resources as well as systems for case court and case management.
“The court managers, in consultation with other stakeholders like the Bar, ministerial staff, executive agencies and court users, will prepare a five-year court development plan and and update it annually. They will also organise motivational training for the staff, particularly those at the lower level, to enhance efficiency,” a source said.
The district courts where a court manager has been appointed are Kamrup (Guwahati), Sivasagar, Lakhimpur, Morigaon, Golaghat, Dhubri, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Cachar, Barpeta, Nalbari, Goalpara, Jorhat, Bongaigaon, Sonitpur, Darrang (Mangaldoi), Hailakandi, Kokrajhar, Karimganj, Tinsukia, Nagaon and Udalguri.
Sources said the court managers have been appointed in accordance with a decision taken by the Union law ministry in 2011 and the recommendation of the 13th Finance Commission in 2009. The Commission had recommended appointing professionally qualified court managers to dispose of 1,125 lakh cases pending in the country’s lower courts by enhancing court functioning.
The high court has prepared an action plan to reduce pendency of cases for five years and above. “Since the court has asked the subordinate courts to take the initiative to implement the action plan in a time-bound manner, motivation of staff and proper management of court work is very important. We hope appointment of the court managers will help to improve functioning of our courts,” the source said.