27 Sep 2008, 0448 hrs IST,TNN
Bangalore: Taking exception to the delay in disposal of cases on account of wanton adjournments, the high court has directed lower courts to strictly adhere to norms specified in civil procedure code while granting adjournments .
"It is because the courts are tolerating these tendencies , the entire judicial system is ridiculed. People are afraid of coming to court," Justice N Kumar observed in his order.
"Before criticizing the snail's pace of the judicial process, litigants, lawyers and others should know the real reasons behind it. Dilatory tactics on the part of the litigant and conduct of a handful of members in the Bar are the major causes of the delay. Litigants want to dictate the course of litigation, with assistance from their attorney. The judge is rendered helpless," Justice N Kumar observed in his order.
The judge directed civil courts to post the case for appearance of parties after pleadings are completed. The framing of issues should be done in open court to save time. Judges should maintain a diary to keep tabs on the number of cases that can be handled and no adjournments should be given once trial begins. If any adjournment is sought, the other party must be duly compensated. Once trial is over, arguments are to be heard immediately and continuously and the judgment has to be pronounced within the stipulated time, the judge said.