Colour-coded case files for speedy justice

All six trial courts of Delhi will soon have colour-coded case files.

Published: 19th August 2017 11:10 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th August 2017 08:01 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: All six trial courts of Delhi will soon have colour-coded case files. The decision has been taken by the trial court committee to fast track the hearing of cases pending in these courts since long.
The case files will now be classified into different colours in order of their pendency. This will help analyse, which cases need immediate attention.

Sources said the files of cases older than 10 years will be red, whereas cases that are up to seven-year-old will be kept in blue covers, and the cases less than five-year-old will be kept in green files.
This circular was issued following Delhi High Court’s directions to dispose of cases pending for over 10 years.

Delhi High Court Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal has also directed the district courts to allocate work as per the judicial officer’s expertise. She has also ordered that cases be disposed of within realistic timelines, with not more than three adjournments.

The circular also laid stress on disposing of cases filed by senior citizens and women at the earliest. All these cases will be sent in fast track courts for speedy disposal.
“Each court will first identify cases which are falling in pendency period of five to 10 years. Then, a list will be sent to the District Judge for approval after which a hearing schedule would be finalised,” the circular reads. The list of cases will be prepared in three months time.

“A separate list will be prepared for the number of cases filed and number of cases disposed of for each court so that a detailed analysis can be done as to which cases clog the wheels of justice,” the circular says.

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