Court should be first option to seek justice: CJ Mittal
Srinagar, Feb 27: Chief Justice, J&K
High Court, Justice Gita Mittal Thursday said that for seeking justice, courts
should be first, not last resort.
While interacting with the district
judicial officers, she said that people are fearful of coming to the courts
since they are ignorant of the formalities but the legal aid mechanism should
be there to guide the people.
The Principal District and Sessions Judge
Srinagar, Abdul Rashid Malik, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal
Choudary, Principal Secretary to Chief Justice, Director Health Services,
Kashmir, Secretary District Legal Services Authority, Srinagar, Adnan
Syed and other concerned were present.
On the occasion, Justice Mittal asked the
officials to make use of Vulnerable Witness Deposition Complex to ensure a safe
and comfortable environment to vulnerable witnesses including victims of child
sexual violence, witnesses of dangerous crimes and others.
Urging for need to generate awareness
among people about their rights, particularly women and children – the
vulnerable section of the society, she said that such awareness will go a long
way in providing justice to the suppressed and oppressed sections of the
Justice Mittal stressed for establishing
separate child friendly Court rooms in all the district courts of the J&K
UT. She urged the officers to use latest tools including software, video
conferencing for swift disposal of cases to avoid pendency.
Chief Justice maintained that
environmental degradation and sexual violence has proliferated across the
borders in all its forms and society need to be sensitized about these issues
before it becomes endemic.
She also sought suggestions regarding
judicial matters from District Judges, Chief Judicial Magistrates and Munsifs
and apprised the District Commissioner about various issues being faced by the
court including lack of ambulances to tackle medical emergencies.
Matters regarding traffic congestion
outside court premises, functionality of crèche for children of female
advocates and plantation of trees in court premises were also discussed on the
Justice Mittal visited Alternate Dispute
Resolution Centre, where a day-long training cum refresher course for panel
lawyers and para legal volunteers was being conducted on fundamental rights.
The course was organized by the District
Legal Services Authority, Srinagar.
Addressing the gathering, Justice Mittal
said that we all should work to ensure that every child goes to school and
every scheme is implemented effectively.
Later, she visited Child Observation Home,
Harwan and inspected the facilities being provided to the juveniles.
At the Home, she interacted with the
inmates and listened to their grievances. She also inspected arrangements
related to diet, hygiene, vocational training and medical facilities for