Punjab and Haryana High Court is going to get law researchers to help dispose of cases faster. In addition, a new post of Court Manager is being created. These managers will be highly qualified, holding double degrees — MBA and B Tech – and their job will be to handle the administrative side of court work. With this additional personnel, the judges will be free to concentrate on dispensing justice.
Up until now meritorious employees from the clerical staff have been promoted to Superintendent however, few of these employees neither have the expertise to handle computer problems nor are they trained in modern management. The court managers with their double qualification will be competent to handle both sides and simultaneously modernize the functioning of the court.
Primaily the court managers will be responsible for managing Budget, Human Resource Development, Stock Management, Case Flow, Electronic Data, Infrastructure, Security and Records.
As of now, the post has been created on a three-year trial basis. If it works well, the post will be made permanent. Court managers are already working in courts in some other states.
Judges will also welcome the addition of law researchers. These will be fresh law graduates or final year students of the five-year law degree. They will be appointed for a maximum of two years.
Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh Bar Council chairman Lekhraj Sharma says that law researchers will certainly help judges and the youngsters inducted in this position will gain a wonderful learning opportunity.
At the end of their two-year engagement as law researchers, these persons will not be allowed to appear in the same court as a lawyer for at least one year and for two years he will be forbidden to appear as a lawyer before judge whom he served as law researcher.
Judges and lawyers are enthusiastic about the new posts and given the enormous backlog of cases it is clear that the courts need lots of extra help. Many more steps are needed to speed up the judicial process but these two measures are certainly a good beginning.
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