Special SC Bench for lower courts’ problems


New Delhi, July 7

The Supreme Court on Monday announced setting up of a Special Bench which will sit every Monday to address the infrastructure and other problems of lower courts across the country.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice SH Kapadia said it would seek reports from the Chief Secretaries and high court registrars on the lack of facilities in the subordinate judiciary that was hampering their functioning.

The proposed Bench would have three Judges and function on the lines of the existing Forest Bench that considered proposals for development projects in forest areas, the CJI clarified. The requirement of funds by the lower judiciary would also be addressed.

The Bench, which included Justices KS Radhakrishnan and Swatanter Kumar, was hearing a PIL on the working of the Consumer Protection Act. The Bar associations and lawyers would be involved while dealing with the inadequacies of the lower judiciary, it was clarified.