Lawyers strike over lax staff

Litigants suffered as lawyers of Jamshedpur civil court, Sitaramdera, stayed off work on Friday, Day One of their two-day pen-down over alleged highhandedness and inefficiency of civil court staff, which included staffers demanding money from them in exchange for documents related to cases and not keeping case records at courtrooms on hearing dates.

By Our Correspondent
  • Published 25.03.17
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Litigants suffered as lawyers of Jamshedpur civil court, Sitaramdera, stayed off work on Friday, Day One of their two-day pen-down over alleged highhandedness and inefficiency of civil court staff, which included staffers demanding money from them in exchange for documents related to cases and not keeping case records at courtrooms on hearing dates.

Over 1,200 practising lawyers of Jamshedpur Bar Association went on strike after a decision taken on Thursday evening at a general body meeting at the bar association hall.

The lawyers have demanded that staffers end the system of 'gratification' or demand for money in exchange for case documents. Lawyers also want staffers to daily hand over the cause list, which includes schedule of cases to be heard on a particular day, with case numbers, bench, petitioner and respondent, as well as certified copies of court decisions, including judgments, as fast as possible. The lawyers' demands also include relevant records of a case be kept in the courtroom on the hearing date.

The civil court has at least 250 staffers, including clerks, stenographers, record-keepers and night guards.

"We had to take this decision of pen-down to show our protest against the highhandedness of staffers of civil court. All lawyers were unanimous on the two-day strike which might be extended if our demands are not met. We will meet principal district judge of Jamshedpur Civil Court D.B. Mangalmurthy on this," Jamshedpur Bar Association secretary Anil Tiwary told this paper.