Pulwama: Chief Justice, Jammu and Kashmir, Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed today visited Pulwama and inaugurated the main building and Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) at the District Court Complex here in Pulwama.
Administrative Judge for District Pulwama, Justice Mir Yaqoob and Law Secretary, Ab Majeed Bhat accompanied the Chief Justice.
DIG South, S. P. Pani, Deputy Commissioner Pulwama, Ghulam Mohammad Dar, SSP Pulwama, Mohammad Aslam, Principal District and Sessions Judge Pulwama, SSP Traffic, Principal Secretary to Chief Justice, Joint Registrar (Judicial), senior officers of the district administration, members of Bar Association Pulwama and a large galaxy of legal luminaries were also present on the occasion.
The Chief Justice inaugurated Rs. 1231 lacs main building at District Court Pulwama having the facilities of 6 Court Rooms, Computer Room, E-Court, Lawyers’ Chamber, 48 Advocate Chambers, Library, Record Room etc. He also inaugurated the Alternate Dispute Resolution Centre in the court complex.
During his visit, the Chief Justice also inspected ADR and Mediation Centre Pulwama and emphasized on disposal of pending cases through Alternative Disputes Redressal Mechanism where both the parties may have win-win situation without wasting time and money if their dispute is resolved amicably.
It was given out that the District Court complex had been constructed over a land of 36 kanals to accommodate the Court of Principal District and Sessions Judge and all subordinate courts under one roof. The total cost of the project is Rs. 25.15 core with total plinth area of 59,047 sq ft and is being executed by the J&K State Housing Board.
Congratulating the District and Principal Sessions Judge of the District Court, members of the Bar Association Pulwama, the judicial fraternity and the people for taking ownership of this magnificent and aesthetically designed State of Art District Court Complex building with all the modern facilities, the Chief Justice expressed happiness on being associated with the inaugural function. He observed that the majesty of law is also associated with the premises from where it is exercised and hoped that the creation of this beautiful asset will go a long way in the judges rendering prompt and transparent justice.
Chief Justice observed that the judiciary in India has played an important role since independence in strengthening the democratic framework of the country and maintaining rule of law. Courts in particular have a unique position under the Constitution of India. They are not only guardians of people’s rights and liberty, they also have the onerous responsibility of ensuring that access to justice is not denied to any citizen on account of economic or other disability.
Chief Justice further said that Judiciary, which is one of the three important pillars of our democracy, is the final interpreter of the Constitution and laws. It must help maintain social order by swiftly and effectively dealing with those on the wrong side of the law. As an upholder of the Rule of Law and enforcer of the right to liberty, the role of the Judiciary is sacrosanct. The faith and confidence people have in the Judiciary must be always maintained. For justice to have meaning for the people, it must be accessible, affordable and quick.
Chief Justice Durrez said that the pressing need of hour is to augment the courts with not only with quality infrastructure but also with quality human resources in the form of judges and judicial officers at all levels which will be the first step towards achieving the objective of timely delivery of justice. He said that the present government and the judiciary are collectively addressing this issue through an on-going increase in the sanctioned strength of judges both at the level of the High Court as well as District Courts. These sanctioned posts need to be filled quickly so that requisite judicial manpower is available for timely disposal of cases.
Pointing towards the role of information and communication technology in the judicial system, Chief Justice Durrez said that in this era of information technology, Judiciary cannot remain aloof from immense benefits which IT has to offer particularly for speeding up the disposal of cases. He said that it is imperative that we speed up adoption of information and communication technology in the judicial system. The process of computerisation of district and subordinate courts is underway through the e-Courts Integrated Mission Mode project of the Central Government.
Instructions were also issued for further improvement in e-courts project to make it more user-friendly where anyone can have access to case online through recently launched software applications such as easily downloadable e-court mobile app and e-courts Services application.
Speaking on the occasion, Justice Yaqoob Mir congratulated the entire Judicial fraternity for fulfilment of their long cherished demand of setting up of modern court complex in the district with state of art facilities. He further said that Lawyers play an extremely important role in enabling the public access justice. The legal profession is regarded a noble profession in every society where the rule of law prevails.
He further said that advocates are a vital pillar in the scheme of our constitutional governance and judicial process. They are bestowed with the responsibility to advocate citizens’ rights and maintain the integrity and independence of the legal system. Advocates must zealously fulfil this professional responsibility. He appreciated the cordial and supportive role of Bar Association and other authorities in dispensation of justice. Judicial Officers of the District were asked to deliver quality Judicial Service to the litigants. Strictly adhere to honesty, punctuality, dedication, commitment, and impartiality which are hallmarks of an ideal judicial system.
On the occasion, Law Secretary Ab Majeed Bhat announced a package of Rs 1 lakh for Bar Library and further said that Govt has released one crore for the construction residential quarters and Bar Chambers for this financial year and further extra one crore has been sanctioned so that these facilities may be completed within short period of time. Bhat said that Govt is promised to give due support in addressing the problems of Bar and bench to make the institution of judiciary more vibrant and responsive.