Weak disposal of cases may jeopardize judges’ promotion chances

Weak disposal of cases may jeopardize judges’ promotion chances

Srinagar: Promptitude in disposal of current and old cases as well as attitude towards superiors and subordinates will be evaluated as part of new guidelines issued by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court for preparing Annual Confidential Record (ACR) of judicial officers.
The ACR of lower court judges form the pivotal basis for examination of the performance of the judicial officers, according to the apex court.
The new guidelines replace the ones in vogue since 2008 and would also evaluate knowledge of law, procedure, dignity, honesty, integrity, impartiality and quality of judgments delivered by the lower courts’ judicial officers including Session Judges, Magistrates and Munsiffs.
Moreover, the monthly work turn-out would be recorded to assess the capability of the Judicial Officers to ensure timely disposal of the cases, which is an issue of prime importance for the Supreme Court as well as J&K High Court.
The period for the purpose of recording Annual Confidential Record will be the year commencing from January 1 and ending by December 31 and in respect of a probationer, Confidential Record will be prepared for every period of four months of service till he/she is confirmed or probation is declared on its satisfactory completion. In respect of a member of the Service, who has worked for more than three months in more than one district in any year, separate Confidential Record for each such period will also be recorded.
A Special Confidential Record will be recorded by the Administrative Judge or District Unit Head whenever called for by the High Court in order to assess the suitability of any member of the Service for confirmation or promotion.
About preparation and transmission of records regarding judicial officers other than District Judges, the guidelines say that the ACR shall be placed before the Administrative Judge (respective high court judge) for his opinion.
“All entries in Annual Confidential Record (ACR) or Special Confidential Record (SCR) shall be communicated by the Registrar General of the High Court or by any other officer authorized in this behalf by the Chief Justice to the member of the Service concerned within three months from the date on which the ACR or SCR is completed”, read the guidelines.
The ACR in respect of District Judges who are on deputation to other departments shall be prepared by the Administrative Judge of the district in which they have been posted on deputation and are working or by any other Judge nominated for the purpose by the Chief Justice.

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