High Court to judicial officers: Ignorance no excuse

High Court to judicial officers: Ignorance no excuse

Jammu: The High Court on Friday directed all judicial officers to follow circulars and guidelines issued by it from time to time, saying ignorance was no excuse.
“No judicial officer can be allowed to take umbrage under the plea that he had no access to them (circulars, orders or guidelines) since they are available on official website ,” Registrar General M K Hanjura said in an order issued here.
Meanwhile, the registrar general has sought details regarding pendency of criminal and civil cases since January 1, 2004, as well as those pending for more than five years.
All the principal district and session judges have been asked to furnish details since 2013 about the cases relating to offences against women, differently-abled persons, senior citizens, and also against those belonging to marginalised sections of the society.
Regarding the criminal cases pertaining to under-trial prisoners, the session judges have been asked to give details, as on 1 January, 2016, about the number of cases having duration of less than a year, 1-3, 3-5, 5-10 years, and more than 10 years, respectively.
The High Court has also sought details of the cases pending since 2013 with regard to Prevention of Corruption Act 1988, Income Tax Act 1961.
The judicial officers have been asked to furnish the details by February 22 “so as to enable the (High Court) to send a consolidated response to the compendium of questionnaires to the supreme court of India”.
According to a separate order, all principal and district judges have been asked to provide details about pendency of bankruptcy and insolvency cases.
This information, the registrar general said, has been sought by joint secretary, Ministry of finance.
The information has been sought for establishing more Debts Recovery Tribunal (DRTs) based on number of bankruptcy and insolvency cases.
“In order to assess the number of DRTs to be established, this department requires district wise pendency of bankruptcy and insolvency cases in Munsif, sub-ordinate courts and appeals pending before district and high court,” reads an order communicated to the high court by Rajesh Agarwal, the join secretary of finance ministry.
Pertinent to mention that the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Bill was referred to a Joint Parliamentary Committee after it was introduced in the last parliament session.
“The Bill is priority item of the government and is likely to be taken during the ensuing Budget session,” Agarwal added.

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