JAMMU, Dec 31: State High Court decided 13000 cases which included 47 Full Bench matters, 1756 Division Bench main cases and 11129 Single Bench cases during the year 2016. Moreover, Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar has disposed of more than one lakh cases including 50,000 main cases from the period he was elevated as High Court Judge at Madras High Court till the end of current year.
“The year 2016 has seen a new chapter so far as reduction of pendency in the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir is concerned”, an official statement said, adding “the figures bear a testimony to the fact that innovation of various measures regarding reduction in the backlog has shown very positive results at the ground level”.
Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Judges of the High Court have opened new vista in every Chapter of the judiciary in the State, the statement said, adding “it is not only the reduction of pendency in the High Court which has seen a marvelous progress but the Subordinate Courts have also shown positive results so far as reduction of backlog is concerned”.
Chief Justice has been instrumental in guiding the Presiding Officers of the Subordinate Courts on various fronts quo the management of court work, reduction of pendency and commitment to the institution, which has resulted in a great achievement so far as the disposal of old cases, cases relating to senior citizens and weaker sections of the society.
During the year 2016, in the High Court itself about 13000 cases, which included 47 Full Bench matters, 1756 Division Bench main cases and 11129 Single Bench main cases were decided. “What is remarkable is that 67% of Full Bench cases pending at the beginning of the year have been disposed of during the current year. These figures exclude the disposal of huge number of miscellaneous matters. The strenuous and commendable efforts on the part of the Chief Justice and companion Judges have shown tremendous reduction in pendency of old cases, cases related to senior citizens, contempt matters and public interest litigation cases”, the statement said.
Besides reduction of pendency, during the year 2016 more than 500 appointments were made at ministerial level in the Judiciary of the State against the vacant posts.