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High Court issues slew of guidelines to Judicial Officers

‘Don’t see off, receive or visit CJ, senior judges during visits to subordinate courts’

Post by on Friday, June 24, 2022

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Srinagar, June 23: The High court of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh has issued slew of guidelines to the judicial officers of the subordinate courts and barred them from receiving, seeing-off or visiting the Chief Justice or any other High Court judges during their official visit to any particular subordinate court.
As per the guidelines issued by the Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal in a circular, a senior non-Judicial Administrative Officer will receive and see-off the Chief Justice or High Court Judges during official visits and provide protocol services to them as per norms.
The circular stated that judicial officers shall refrain from making arrangements for any private visit, trip including any excursion or visit to a religious place for the visiting Chief Justice or Judges.
"If arrangements in connection with an official visit of Hon'ble the Chief Justice / Hon'ble Judges is required to be made by the District Judge or the Chief Judicial Magistrate, all the bills shall be raised in the name of and the payment shall be made directly by the Hon'ble High Court to the extent permitted and no personal funds will be used by any Judicial Officer for this purpose," it reads.
It says if the visiting Chief Justice or Judge wants to hold a meeting or address the Judicial Officers or make an official call, it will be done either before or after court hours.
The guidelines provided in the circular also barred the Judicial Officers from visiting the Chief Justice or Judge during their visit unless they are called for official purposes.
It further restrained Judicial Officers from arranging hotel, food or transport for the visiting Chief Justice or Judge, their staff members and security personnel.
The Judicial Officers or Court Servant were further barred from offering or providing any gift or hospitality to the Chief Justice or Judges.
The circular further provides that no function would be organized by the Judicial Officers during the visit of the Chief Justice or Judges except official functions organized in written direction and at the cost of the government.
In the event of visit by any Chief Justice and the Judge of the High Court, it says, no Judicial Officer shall be assigned duty as Liaison Officer and that only a senior non-Judicial Administrative Officer will perform the services of a protocol officer.
"Unless such an officer is not available in which case preferably Mobile Magistrate or Traffic Magistrate or Leave Reserve Officers, if any, will be assigned duties as Liaison Officers," it reads.
The guidelines further restrained Judicial Officers and the District Judge from receiving or seeing-off the Chief Justice or Judges of the Court during court hours at the road- side of the Highways or at any other places.
"Any violation of these instructions will be considered as gross misconduct rendering the concerned Judicial Officer to strict disciplinary action," the circular reads.
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