Utilize time available with Judicial Officers in academic pursuits, intellectual development: CJ
JAMMU: Amidst the challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic across the globe, continuing Judicial Activity related training programmes have started picking up pace in the UT with J&K Judicial Academy resuming its activities through Web and App based communication platforms by organizing online training programmes for the Judicial Officers and Induction Trainees.
J&K Judicial Academy has initiated this step to utilize the time available in the wake of COVID for further enhancing the intellectual skills and knowledge of Judicial Officers. ‘Since the regular court processes are on restricted mode, Judicial Officers find some time available to be utilized for academic pursuits which they would find difficult in normal times with lot of case workload’.
These training programmes are being conducted as live Webinars attended by the Judicial Officers of all ranks and the Induction Trainees.
In this regard, the J&K Judicial Academy in last two days organised Webinars on “Stress Management” conducted by eminent Resource Person Dr Harish Shetty, and “Role of Referral Judges in the Mediation Process” conducted by Veena Ralli a renowned Advocate Mediator and organizing Secretary of ‘Samadhan’, Delhi High Court Mediation Center. Series of Webinars shall continue till the return of normalcy in the courts’ functioning.
Chief Justice High Court of Jammu & Kashmir, Gita Mittal and the High Court Committee for Judicial Academy, headed by Justice Rajesh Bindal are taking keen interest in seeing that time available with the judicial officers is utilized gainfully in academic pursuits and that there is a continuity of activities of intellectual development. They personally joined the live sessions of the webinars and made very useful interventions and provided effective inputs for skill development of the judicial officers. Some short term and medium term plans have been put in place in this regard, and Judicial Academy has been geared up to utilize available resources to achieve the desired results.
Dr Harish Shetty is a renowned clinical psychiatrist from Mumbai, who is a regular resource person of National Judicial Academy and various State Judicial Academies. He is working in the conflict areas and is on advisory panels of many Government Institutions. He talked about the science of stress and the psychological impacts the stress has on the human body and mind. He also identified the peculiar circumstances created by COVID-19 pandemic in which people are compelled to follow the norms of social distancing that is antithesis to the normal human behaviour. He addressed the issue by guiding the judicial officers to adopt to the new normal by bringing about some small adjustments in the personal preferences and social behaviour.
Dr. Shetty exhorted that the pandemic has given an opportunity to everyone to think, introspect and tinker with the lifestyle to achieve life long peace of mind and social harmony.