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Himachal starts ‘litigation-free village’ project in each district

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Legal Authority has launched ‘litigation-free village’ campaign in each district to create faith among people in the judicial system, redress the pendancy of cases in the court and deliver speedy justice.

On the occasion of launching of this project here today, Himachal Pradesh High court Chief Justice Josesph Kurian, who is also chief pattern of state legal authority, addressed the media persons and said that this project is being implemented by active involvement of nine legal colleges of the state, who would adopt one village in each district to make them litigation free. The representatives of these law colleges were also present in the press conference.

He disclosed that the state legal authority has brought all colleges under one umbrella, who would in-turn survey villages to know about the prevalent litigations. The legal aids clinics of these colleges would also provided legal awareness in selected village.

In order to make the litigation-free village project success, Justice Kurian urged the concerned panchayat ‘pradhans’ and ward members to extend their support to respective survey teams. The survey would be started within one month and completed within three months. The emerging litigations from this project would be dealt on a priority basis.

In addition to this project, the authority would also start legal awareness programme for school children and judiciary officers would go to school to make them aware of their rights. This project would be launched by Supreme Court Justice Alatamas Kabir on August 21.

Justice Kurian said that Himachal would be first state in the country to have no pendancy of cases.
He declared that in the high court, cases related to mental health would be supervised by Justice Surinder Thakur, juvenile crime by Justice Sanjay Karol, jail matters by Justice VK Auhja and cases related to senior citizen by Justice Kuldeep Singh.

He said that the high court has a pendancy of 14,500 cases and the oldest case belong to year 1987. Cases pending between 1987-2000 would be disposed off by December this year.

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