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Jammu, January 12

Ranbir Singh Pathania, a lawyer turned politician and BJP MLA from Ramnagar today took up the issue of setting up of a court of District Judge at Ramnagar and New Munsiff Courts at Basantgarh and Dudu- Kirchi So that people of far-flung areas do not have to travel hundreds of kilometers for seeking Justice.

Taking up the cause of huge pendency of cases in courts, Pathania asked govt. to provide details of the vacancies of Judges in High Court and subordinate courts, enlist the steps being taken to strengthen  Alternate Dispute Redressal (ADR) mechanism, E-courts and Lok-Adalats in state and further provide the details of initiatives for ensuring speedy trial and justice to public.

In a written reply provided by the Govt., it was informed that as many as 7 posts of  Judges are vacant in High Court and 27 posts of Judges are vacant in subordinate judiciary.

The government further replied that Legal Services Authority is constantly organizmg awareness camps about ADR mechanisms. During the year 2016 as many as 20 such camps were held by different DLSAs in the State up to November. 2016, 40518 cases of different nature were settled through Lok Adalats and an amount of Rs 27.87 Crore was awarded as compensation in 730 MACT cases in the State, Apart from this, 13 Judicial officer and 148 lawyers have been trained as mediators by MCPC in the State for speedy disposal of cases through ADR mechanism. All efforts are being made to make the courts fully computerized in line with the e-Courts Mission Mode Project.

The sanctioned strength at law Officers representing State has also been increased and remuneration being paid to these Law Officers has also been increased manifold to attract the best talent so that cases are disposed of speedily.

In reply regarding setting up of Chair of District Court in Ramnagar, Govt.  replied that all Subordinate Courts in the State are created /established by the Government awaits the recommendations of the Hon’ble High Court.

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