High Court says mobile courts’ staff has no role in identifying traffic violators

High Court says mobile courts’ staff has no role in identifying traffic violators

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday issued guidelines for mobile courts, underlining that their staff has no role in identifying traffic violators.
In a circular issued by the court’s registrar general, the mobile court staff— orderlies and other ministerial staff accompanying the presiding officer—should in no case get associated with the staff of the prosecution wing or the concerned department to detect violations and bring the violators before the mobile court.
“The court officials are made aware of the fact that they have no role in prosecution and their role begins only when a challan or charge sheet is presented before a mobile court for spot trial,” the registrar general, M K Hanjura, said.
The presiding officer, he said, shall in no case allow personal security officer to play any role in detection of violators, presenting challans or charge sheets or their disposal or receipt of the fine imposed.
“The only role of a personal security officer is to ensure that security of the presiding officer is not compromised and take steps in this regard.”
He said the checking and spot trials should be conducted and mobile courts held at places where they do not disrupt the traffic or cause inconvenience to the general public.
“The Traffic Police is directed to ensure unhampered movement of ambulances and other public utility vehicles during spot trials,” Hanjura added.

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