Jammu, Dec 1: Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Justice Gita Mittal, Saturday exhorted Judicial Officers to make optimal use of Information Technology (IT) saying this can help expedite justice dispensation for maximum benefit of the people.
“As Judicial Officers we have to keep pace with the latest technological developments in IT and make its use in the judicial process”, Chief Justice said while addressing 2-day North Zone Regional Conference on Enhancing Excellence of the Judicial Institutions: Challenges and Opportunities organized here by the National Judicial Academy in collaboration with High Court of Jammu and Kashmir and State Judicial Academy.
The Chief Justice exuded confidence that the judiciary was well poised to meet the challenges in delivering justice to the people.
Supreme Court Judge, Justice Navin Sinha was the chief guest on the occasion while Director National Judicial Academy, Justice G Raghuram presided over the function.
Justice Navin Sinha, Judge Supreme Court of India while interacting with the participants in two working sessions of the conference activated the debate as to the difference between what is constitutional requirement with regard to the dispensation of justice and practical reality of the court process. Judge guided the participating Judicial officers to explore the areas of improvement and adopt proactive approach fearlessly and judiciously.
Appreciating the efforts of Justice Sinha towards making judiciary a vibrant institution of Justice dispensation, the Chief Justice said that his presence here manifests his deep concern towards strengthening the Subordinate Judiciary and we all will definitely be benefitted by his intellect and experience.
Referring to recently launched video conferencing facility in District Court Srinagar, the Chief Justice said that this was an initiative under the E-Courts project which envisages justice dispensation to the far flung and remote areas of the state in a hassle free manner. It will be launched in all courts across the State soon to save time, expenses and other related hazards, she added.
While acknowledging the robust support of the Center and the state government in facilitating Justice dispensation, the CJ urged upon the Judicial Officers to benefit from the technology in enhancing their legal acumen.
In judicial dispensation, the challenges are many and opportunities too are numerous, the Chief Justice said hoping that the Judiciary will poise itself for the both.
Justice Mittal referred to the well-recognized fact that the judicial functioning cannot be discharged merely with knowledge and intelligence but it has to be supplemented by wisdom, intellect and a high degree of sense of justice.
Making a mention of Commercial Court Acts and Family Court Acts in the state, the Chief Justice said that efforts would be redoubled to make these effective means of delivering justice to the targeted segments of the society.
Hoping that the ongoing conference will provide a unique platform to the participants in sharing their experiences and expertise, the CJ said that such events help in clearing blurred visions, doubts, improves judicial skills and instill a sense of confidence besides improving the capacity to interpret law so as to deliver expedited adjudication. “I am quite optimistic that the conference would enable us to contribute towards justice dispensation with added vigour”, she opined.
“I firmly believe that Institutional bonding is critical to Institutional Development and such conferences are a step forward towards achieving this goal”, the Chief Justice maintained.
Justice G Raghuram, while addressing the conference, said that since the past 15 years the National Judicial academy is providing training and continuing legal education to judicial officers and ministerial officers of the courts. “We have several pockets of excellence in our Judicial family which needs to be transformed from episodic to institutional and structural to create a Judicial world of excellence”, he maintained.
Justice G Raghuram informed that the possibilities are being explored to create a separate training institute for training judges and judicial instructors in Law colleges. “Legal education is a huge transformative exercise which we all need to put into effect to bring in added excellence, accountability and responsiveness in our Judicial world”, he asserted.
Justice Rajesh Bindal, Chairman Committee for State Judicial Academy, while addressing the conference said that learning is a continuous process and emphasized the need for gaining knowledge by whatever means available. He said that in this process of learning focus should be on quality parameters and not the quantity. “Good and Efficient Judges should not take break from learning and must continue to possess requisite knowledge and skills”, he asserted.
Justice Bindal said that it is imperative to focus on judicial education and interactions among all stakeholders of the judicial system for prompt deliverance of justice.
The themes of the conference inter alia include Constitutional Vision of Justice, High Court and District Judiciary: Building Synergies, Revisiting norms for Appellate review: Consequences of frequent and excessive Appelate Interference, Access to Justice: Information and Communication technology and Access to Justice: court and Case Management.
Later, E-Newsletter of the State Judicial Academy was released by the dignitaries on the occasion. Earlier, the Judicial Academy had been printing the Newsletters which shall now be dispensed with and News Letter shall, henceforth, be transmitted through Electronic Mode to the all the Judicial officers of the state. E-News Letter shall cover latest developments of law and shall contain latest judicial pronouncements of Supreme Court and High Courts.
The Mr. Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur, Mr. Justice TashiRabstanand Mr. Justice Sanjay Kumar Gupta of High Court of Jammu and Kashmir also graced the occasion. The Conference was attended by Judges of the High Courts of various states including Himachal Pardesh, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Allahabad, Delhi and Punjab& Haryana. Judicial Officers from seven participating states were also present on the occasion.
Congress strong enough to counter divisive forces: Mir
Srinagar, July 16: Stating that Congress party will continue to fight against divisive and exploitative forces in the country and state, the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President G.A. Mir has expressed confidence that people and Congress party in unison will ensure that the forces inimical to multiplicity and rich culture of harmony are defeated miserably.
JKPCC president was addressing series of party meetings at Manzmou, Tangloo, Hiller, Ujroo, Chandoog and Saidiwara in south Kashmir, emphasizing the party leaders and workers to rise to the occasion to defeat the exploitative forces, which are hell bent upon to exploit the people to serve their vested interests.
Describing the Congress Party a formidable force to reckon with, G.A Mir said Congress is capable enough defeat the forces inimical to peace and development in the State, shall continue to fight for the inclusive development of the State, which has received setbacks due to the negligent attitude of BJP Government at Centre.
Mir reiterated Congress party’s stand to maintain secular fabric and communal harmony at all costs and by all means and said the party will ensure defeat of communal and divisive forces, which were pitching the communities against each other in order to divide them on the basis of religion or regions, but the Congress party will defeat them tooth and nail.
“Congress never compromised on people’s urges and aspirations for electoral gains, it will continue to remain committed to fight against the political exploitation by BJP-RSS,” G.A. Mir added and appealed the people not to come under false propaganda of BJP and other opportunist parties, who have exploited them (people) equally for electoral gains.
Er Rasheed asks CB to avoid further delay in investigating Kupwara minor’s killing
Srinagar, July 16: Seeking justice for 8-year-old Umer Farooq who was brutally murdered after being kidnapped from his native village in Gulgam Kupwara last year, AIP president Er Rasheed has appealed for a thorough introspection in the society to get rid of criminal elements.
Speaking on functions at Gulgam organized to pay tributes to Umer Farooq on his first death anniversary, Er Rasheed said. “While it is encouraging that sources within the crime branch claim to have reached very close to the culprits, it is need of the hour to avoid further delay in resolving the mystery. Crime branch must come out with its findings and take the investigation of the barbaric incident to its logical end so that trial in a fast track court is initiated.” Rasheed further added that while entire humanity within and outside state got shocked after the incident but we all need to have a sincere introspection to find out the reasons behind such sick and barbaric mentality that can turn humans worst than the wild beasts.
The society needs an introspection to find out reasons that why it is losing moral values and a huge chunk of youth are becoming drug addicts. Parents, teachers, religious clerics and common masses need to unite and ensure that the entire society is made de-addicted from the menace of drugs, he said.
Non-implementation of ACP has demoralised engineering cadre: Shah Faesal
Srinagar, July 16: Reacting to one day mass casual leave of graduate Engineers, President JKPM Shah Faesal has expressed his solidarity with them and impressed on the state government to fulfill their demands immediately.
“Engineers are the most hard-working people of the State and the brightest of the students would opt for engineering streams. However it is shocking to look at the level of stagnation in the Engineering sector and no serious effort has been made so far to address the career related issues of Engineers,” Shah Faesal said in a statement issued .
“It is a tragedy that even Chief Engineers are working in the pay scale of AEEs and the OPG promotion syndrome has destroyed the Engineering cadre completely. After 30 years of service officers are retiring with the same pension that their fellow employees with one third of their service,” Shah Faesal added.
Shah Faesal lamented that Assured Career Promotion scheme approved by the Government after years of hard work of engineers has not been implemented so far.
He called upon the Government to fulfill its obligations towards engineering cadre immediately and implement the ACP scheme in letter and spirit.
“Engineers are the primary movers and shakers when it comes to developmental activity. A demoralised cadre cannot effectively lead the infrastructure development in the state and therefore Government should immediately take cognizance of the issue,” Shah Faesal argued.