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Chief Justice Shrestha claims judiciary coming to proper track

Chief Justice Bishwombhar Shrestha (file photo)

Janakpurdham, Feb 28: Chief Justice Bishwambhar Prasad Shrestha has claimed that judiciary had returned to right track.

During an interaction on ‘case management and its implementation status’ organized by the High Court here Wednesday, CJ Shrestha viewed the positive atmosphere was created with concerted efforts and commitments made by all those involved in judiciary.

Constitution and general people expect fair, prompt and quality justice delivery from judiciary, so the judges must pay heed to it. “Unless the clearance of pending cases is speeded up, the reform efforts do not count,” he reminded, informing that several initiatives were going on for justice adjudication and managerial issues.

The CJ underscored the need of ensuring result-oriented initiatives. “I’ve adopted judicial reform since I became CJ. However, commitment from all sides is must for judicial reform. Some positive effects have also emerged,” he told the subordinates.

Shrestha also informed that it was however challenging to maintain timely justice delivery because of increasing backlogs.
The vacant posts for judges in all tiers of judiciary were fulfilled, which would help clear pending cases. CJ Shrestha shared that pleading was conducted via video conferencing by adopting information technology. Jumla bench, Dhankuta bench, Mahendranagar bench and Hetauda bench had practiced the online hearing and pleading, which has saved service seekers’ time and cost.

The adoption of IT would be expanded gradually across the country to ensure prompt and convenient justice delivery. He made aware the High Court and District Court judges to be honest and help justice seekers free of hassles caused by undue bargaining.

On the occasion, Chief Registrar at SC, Devendra Raj Dhakal, informed that employee administration, physical infrastructures and budget management were speeded up for making justice delivery effective and prompt.

Chief Judge of Rajbiraj bench of Janakpur High Court, Bam Dev Gyawali, said that the High Court was undergoing pressure due to growing demand in the wake of densely populated province. Judiciary needs to pay heed to management of personnel and resources, and incentives, he suggested.

Similarly, speaking on behalf of district judges, Dhanush District judge, Churaman Khadka, also shared similar plight of inadequate resources and workforce, resulting into workload.

The interaction was attended by district judges of Madhes Province and High Court judges and representatives. #Nepal

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