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Chief Justice calls for professional management of judicial institutions

Chief Justice, Jammu and Kashmir High Court Justice Gita Mittal today called for professional management of judicial institutions with regard to infrastructure, automation and aesthetics, saying the personnel deployed for the purpose have to be well equipped with necessary training on periodical basis. She said the training should focus on generating adequate know-how to the Court Managers so that they understand the domain of courts and formulate responses accordingly.

“Court Managers have a crucial role to ensure congenial atmosphere in courts and an environment where in judicial officers are able to concentrate on work for dispensing justice”, Justice Mittal said at the valedictory function of two-day Regional Conference on Enhancing Excellence in Judicial Institutions: Challenges and Opportunities here this afternoon.

The Chief Justice said that a mechanism will have to be evolved to examine the need for Court Managers for the subordinate judicial institutions as well to ensure appropriate environment for both the judicial officers and the litigant public. She said healthy and conducive environment is imperative for improving the work culture. “At the same time the Court Managers should focus on aesthetics like landscaping and provision of basic amenities especially health and hygiene”, she said adding that neat and clean environs leave a positive impact on the working. She also stressed the need for sensitizing the community on healthy environment and generating awareness in this regard.

The Chief Justice also emphasized the need for pro-active interaction between higher and subordinate judiciary and said the District Courts have onerous responsibility on this count.

Justice Mittal said judicial officers were natural leaders to discuss and debate various issues unlike other departments which are not empowered to take decisions. Therefore, she said, the judges should see beyond the courts and explore wider horizons. She said judicial officers have to be role models with high degree of intellect, honesty and integrity. She laid stress on adopting positive attitude for dispensing justice. She urged the young judicial officers to take some time out of their busy schedule and concentrate on meditation, which is important for mental and intellectual growth. “A happy and healthy judge can deliver healthy judgements”, she opined.

Justice G. Raghuram Director National Judicial Academy, while elaborating on several challenges and numerous demands in the world of Judiciary, emphasized continuous promotion of quality legal education and appropriate funding for ensuring a good working environment to the Judicial Officers and staff. “ICT has to be integral part of Judicial system to extend prompt and unprejudiced justice to the litigants”, he maintained.

Expressing optimism that this regional conference would certainly add to the skills and knowledge of the participating Judges for enhanced deliverance of Justice, Justice Raghuram appreciated the Jammu and Kashmir High Court and State Judicial Academy for their commendable performance despite numerous challenges and odds besides topographical difficulties in the state.

Justice Rajesh Bindal Judge J&K High Court, while addressing the concluding ceremony of the conference, described disposal of court cases as most significant part of the Judiciary which needs to be expedited for speedy and impartial justice to the litigants. He stressed upon further enhancing court management skills to deal effectively with frivolous litigations besides emphasizing prioritization of litigation disposal on the basis of urgency.

“The improvement in working environment has a direct impact on the quality and quantity of justice dispensation so it must be focused upon at all levels”, Justice Bindal maintained while laying focus on use of all technology and innovations in this regard.

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