JAMMU, Oct 31: Presidum of J&K High Cout Bar Association Jammu today constituted a committee for drafting new Constitution of the Association, which will be placed before General House for debate and acceptance.
The first meeting of Presidium was held under the chairmanship of Senior Advocate Ved Raj Wazir and was attended by its members P S Dutta, D Saini, Surinder Singh, M A Goni, M K Bhardwaj, P N Raina, R K Kotwal, Sunil Sethi and Radha Sharma. The proceedings were coordinated by Pawan Kumar Manni as Member Secretary.
The Presidium agreed that past glory of Bar Association has to be achieved back by taking every step and by involving all members of Bar in the process of its reconstruction and restructuring. The participants objected to contents and passing of full court resolution on court references on deaths of advocates without taking into confidence or holding talks with Advocates.
It was decided that till this resolution is taken back, Bar Association will not participate in any full court reference, welcome or farewell functions on or for High Court. The Bar Association will utilize 1/4 of its fixed deposits for financial assistance to needy advocates and will additionally request LG to issue grant of sufficient amount at least Rs one crore at disposal of Bar for financial assistance during COVID 19 times .
Moreover, the Bar will also write to High Court to place at disposal of Bar the Advocate Welfare Fund as also fund maintained by District Judge, which money belongs to advocates so that it can be used for welfare of young advocates during COVID 19 times. The Bar Association will file application to become party in contempt matter against 4 young advocates and will also represent for making all members of Bar to party respondents to stand with colleagues and to face same situation.
“Constitution of Bar Association needs overhauling and committee is constituted to make new constitution which will be put to General House of Bar for debate /acceptance”, the Presidium said, adding “we are committed to hold elections of Bar as early as possible after passing of new Constitution”.
The Presidium also decided to take up issue of registration work and restoration of powers to Judicial Magistrates or creating offices of Sub Registrars within court premises to mitigate problems of general public as also Advocates with the Govt.