In order to expedite the hearing of the 3 lakh pending cases at the Bombay High Court, Justice Gautam S Patel has revamped the existing case schedule of the court.
Patel has streamlined the previous schedule and listed the cases on the basis of their urgency. He has also drawn a weekly working schedule for the court and categorised all the pending cases.
In a circular issued on January 8, Justice Patel mentioned that his weekly schedule would commence on January 15.
As per the Ministry of Law and Justice, the Bombay High Court had a sanctioned strength of 75 judges as on December 1, 2013. However, it currently operates with just 57 judges. On January 13, all suits that have been pending for trial since 2000 would be listed.
Last week, Chief Justice of Bombay High Court Mohit Shah had directed judges to mitigate pendency by using modern technology.
“We should make use of modern technology to speed up the process of justice and move beyond uploading court verdicts on websites.
“We should initiate the process of providing smart cards to parties filing cases in court. They will be informed about the proceedings of their case in detail,” he said.
Justice Patel has also issued guidelines to advocates and litigants. It has been decided that the parties involved would be informed about the date of their hearing 24 hours in advance, so that time would not be wasted in technicalities. Justice Patel said that when a judge started court proceedings at 11 am, he would be given a list of 100 cases.
Justice Patel has also laid out rules for lawyers on adjournments. Under his direction, no adjournment would be given to lawyers and no rejoinder would be filed without court’s permission.