HC rolls out virtual case hearing for Ladakh

Justice Tashi Rabstan speaking during training programme at Jammu on Saturday.
Justice Tashi Rabstan speaking during training programme at Jammu on Saturday.

Acting CJ inaugurates training for LADCs

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 4: Under the effervescent patronage and guidance of Acting Chief Justice, High Court of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, Tashi Rabstan, the High Court today rolled out an initiative of taking up the judicial matters of UT of Ladakh through virtual mode by allowing the parties and lawyers to appear and plead their cases from Ladakh itself.
In its first kind of initiative, the Court of Justice Tashi Rabstan today heard the matters of UT of Ladakh virtually, in which the lawyers and Government representatives who were petitioners and the respondents in the listed cases appeared on virtual mode from Leh and pleaded their cases.
As many as, six matters of the UT of Ladakh were listed today before the Bench, in which the virtual proceedings were conducted.
“In future, hearing of the matters of Ladakh willl be done virtually by allowing the parties to appear and plead their cases from the UT itself and it will be a regular feature”, stated Anoop Kumar Sharma, Registrar Computers (IT), High Court of J&K and Ladakh.
Meanwhile Justice Tashi Rabstan, Acting Chief Justice, High Court of J&K and Ladakh, and Patron-in-Chief/Executive Chairman, J&K Legal Services Authority inaugurated a two day training programme for Legal Aid Defence Counsels (LADCs), organised by J&K Legal Services Authority in collaboration with J&K Judicial Academy.
Delivering inaugural address, Justice Tashi said that, this programme has been titled as Training Programme but I think the delegates attending the programme don’t require any training as such, because they have already been working as lawyers and defending accused in criminal cases. Through this two day programme we would just like to guide and sensitize all the delegates and give a broad overview of their duties and responsibilities.
He stated that the most important aspect which LADCs have to consider while defending the needy persons is not only the enforcement of their legal rights but also deal with them with a human touch. They should feel comfortable and confident in reposing full faith on LADCs only then we will be able to achieve the purpose for which the scheme has been designed.
Shahzad Azeem, Registrar General, High Court of J&K and Ladakh, in his welcome address, stated that the pristine academic environment of Jammu & Kashmir Judicial Academy shall serve as the perfect backdrop for this capacity building initiative.
M K Sharma, Principal Secretary to Chief Justice and Incharge Director, J&K Judicial Academy, gave an overview of the Legal Aid Defence Counsel Scheme. He highlighted some of the perceived advantages of the LADC vis-à-vis Assigned Counsel System.
Amit Kumar Gupta, Member Secretary, J&K Legal Services Authority presented vote of thanks and also conducted the proceedings of the day long programme.