CJI Ranjan Gogoi takes steps to cut pendency of cases

CJI Ranjan Gogoi takes steps to cut pendency of cases

Courtesy : Nationalist bureau15/10/2018 08:53

“Accused in criminal cases are getting hearing after serving their sentence and parties in civil disputes are getting judgments after two-three generations.”

New Delhi, Oct 11: To bring down the pendency of cases,  newly appointed Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi has indicated a complete overhaul of the system at the Supreme Court, and the first step in this regard is to focus on expediting the hearings of long-pending criminal cases.

Under the new system, the benches assigned to hear criminal appeals according to the roster will have 10 oldest cases in their daily case list.

The CJI also made it clear that the time between filing and listing of cases would be shortened to the extent that the lawyers will have no reason to mention for early hearing in regular cases.

Even on his first day as the CJI, Justice Gogoi had told lawyers not to randomly mention any case for early listing.

“Mention it before us only when there is real urgency. Rest of the matter will be taken care of by our Registrar otherwise too,” he had said.

“Let me assure you, we are changing things. And every change takes some time. Have some patience.”

Justice Gogoi made it clear that henceforth, there would be no automatic deletion of matters from the list and a case would be removed only after prior intimation to the lawyers concerned.

During his stint at the Guahati High Court, Justice Gogoi had clubbed similar cases and heard them together, thereby disposing of 10,000 cases at a stretch.

On the rising number of civil cases that add to the pendency, Justice Gogoi had said, “Accused in criminal cases are getting hearing after serving their sentence and parties in civil disputes are getting judgments after two-three generations.”

“It is a serious problem, but it is not too difficult and it can be resolved. I have a plan and will soon unfold it,” he had said.

The apex court on Wednesday asked lawyers to assist the Delhi High Court in adopting ‘live transcription’ for expediting recording of evidence.

 

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