For next two months, judges of Chandigarh District Court will hold court on Sundays as well. For, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the District Court judges to hold “special sittings” to dispose of cases pertaining to traffic challans pending in the lower court.
The judges will hold court on Sundays till November. As per available information, the judges have the task to decide over 15,000 such cases.
The directions have been passed in view of the “National Lok Adalat” to be held on November 23. A
decision to this effect was taken at a special meeting of High Court Judges, including the administrative judge of the Chandigarh District Courts.
The meeting, held on August 23 in the High Court, was attended by two High Court Judges, Chandigarh District and Sessions Judge (DSJ) S K Aggarwal and Lal Chand, Member Legal Services.
The meeting was held to “evolve the strategy for disposal of maximum cases”.
“In the meeting it was decided that in order to dispose of cases of traffic challans category special sitting of Magistrate(s) on Sunday in month of October and November shall be held,” reads the official communication sent by the High Court to the UT District Courts. The communication was received earlier this week.
In addition to speedy disposal of traffic challans, the High Court has also asked the lower court judges to “identify and dispose of dead wood cases”. For this, the High Court has ordered that a “special exercise be undertaken”.
In case the lower court judges conclude that certain cases have reached a dead end, they would be empowered to end the proceedings under Section 258 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
Regarding pendency of cases relating to cheque dishonour cases under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, the High Court has ordered that such cases may not be disposed of while sitting in Lok Adalats.
“Referring such cases to the mediator by concerned court may be helpful,” reads the High Court letter.
In another significant order, the High Court, on the administrative side, has decided that cheque dishonour cases involving an amount of more than Rs 20,000 shall