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Tuesday , March 18 , 2014
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Cases pending? Tie a red ribbon

Jorhat, March 17: Jorhat chief judicial magistrate Darak Ullah has directed all courts, including the CJM court, to instruct their office staff to tie with red ribbons files related to cases which have been pending for the past five years or more.

The aim is to bring down pendency of cases in the court of the chief judicial magistrate (Jorhat) and all subordinate courts. There are five subordinate courts under the court of CJM Jorhat with one sub-divisional judicial court in Majuli and another such court that came up recently in Titabar.

Jorhat judiciary sources said by tying the files of long-pending cases with red ribbons, it will be easier for the court staff to track one if its gets lost.

The sources said according to an action plan prepared by the chief judicial magistrate, once the pending cases land on desks of magistrates, they will make a timetable to speed up the cases by fixing dates after consultation with the prosecutor and defence counsels and pronounce the judgment within the date fixed by each court.

The aim of preparing a timetable — after discussing it with the parties — is to save time of the court and ensure presence of the defendants’ counsels and witnesses on the dates. Sources said it has been observed that on many an occasion the trial cannot take place on the dates given by the court because of preoccupations of counsels and witnesses.

Source said this initiative would be in addition to regular cases that the courts will be hearing. According to the plan, to expedite pending cases the summons for appearing in the court will be issued through registered post to the witnesses in addition to the process of serving it through the normal process by police.

The plan also calls for discussing any kind of problems leading to delay in the progress of investigation in the pending cases at monthly meetings between senior judicial officers, deputy commissioner and superintendents of police of the district.

The plan calls for carrying out a special drive for old pending cases from March 18 to March 31 during which the CJM court and its subordinate courts will make an endeavour to examine at least 30 witnesses related to old pending cases during the period.

The plan also calls for holding of more than six holiday courts during the current year.

Another feature of the plan is to ask court staff to search for cases falling under different categories of track system framed by Gauhati High Court in 2007 and tie yellow ribbons on files of such cases for easy identification.

The high court has put cases which include capital punishment as a sentence and cases of rape, sexual offences or dowry deaths under track I.

Other cases where the accused is not granted bail has been put under track II.

Cases which affect a large number of people such as mass cheating, economic offences, illicit liquor tragedy, food adulteration cases have been placed in track III. Cases related to Prevention of Corruption Act, drugs/narcotics, fall under track IV.

At a glance

Reception counter in the CJM court to receive official correspondence to CJM court and its subordinate courts and also to assist lawyers and visitors coming to the courts seeking queries

Single window counter opened to provide certified copies of judgments, orders, proceedings of trials, and other copies from courts

Office room of the staff of CJM establishment given a facelift with modular furniture

Drinking water project has been set up with collaboration with the Rotary Club of Jorhat near the court building for staff and people visiting the courts

Chairs installed near the courts for litigants to be comfortable while waiting for their cases