High Court Disapproves Sudden Holidays By Judges 

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SRINAGAR — Observing that sudden holidays taken by Judges have a very deleterious impact on Court work, Chief Justice Gita Mittal on Friday impressed upon Judicial Officers not to seek or proceed on leave on Court working days but save it in unforeseeable, exceptional and un-expected emergencies and exigencies. 

“Sudden holidays taken by Judges have a very deleterious impact on Court work. Cases are fixed for evidence or arguments after long periods of even several months. On account of the Judge

taking leave, these cases get adjourned by similar periods. Thus Court absence results in harassment of lawyers, litigants, witnesses and adversely impacts the administration of justice,” the Chief Justice observed in an order issued here.

“The Court calendar factors in leave at appropriate intervals. The Calendar is carefully finalized taking into consideration needs of Judicial Officers as well,” the Chief Justice said, adding, “Judicial Officers are, therefore, impressed upon not to seek or proceed on leave on Court working days, save in unforeseeable, exceptional and un-expected emergencies and exigencies.”

In case an occasion for taking such leave arises, the Chief Justice said, the Judicial Officer shall make every possible effort to give prior intimation of his/her absence to the lawyers and litigants whose cases are listed on the date(s) of absence. 

“In such eventuality, the cases which are required to be adjourned on account of the Presiding Officer on leave, shall be posted at the earliest date thereafter, preferably within the same or the next month.”

The directions shall be diligently followed and a strict view would be taken of failure to comport to the same, the Chief Justice said.

 

 

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