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Drastic Delhi judiciary overhaul moves 150 judges, creates 11 new CMMs

The High Court of Delhi on Tuesday reshuffled the 463-judge-strong lower and higher Delhi judiciary, transferring and reallocating the jurisdiction of more than 150 judges to provide for 11 new district and sessions courts created in the national capital territory on 17 October 2012.

The 19 February orders of Delhi HC’s deputy registrar, which provided the complete transfer list for 193 judges of the higher judiciary, and 270 judges of the lower judiciary, also mentioned the list of court complexes from which 11 new district and sessions divisions will function from 1 March 2013. [via @DK Mahant]

The order listed the 11 new chief metropolitan magistrate (CMM) courts and their jurisdictions. The court of a single CMM of all nine Delhi districts has been abolished, according to the Express.

The criminal cases investigated by the special police cell (CBI) which were earlier dealt with by the central CMM, will now be dealt with by the CMM of each respective district, states the order. The cell itself however does not operate district-wise, the Express noted.

The 19 February notification was, according to the Express, a modification of a 28 January notification which listed eight elevated judges.

While litigants’ cases will remain in the same court complex even after the present jurisdictional changes, some police stations have been moved to different districts. Criminal cases from the Sarojini Nagar police station, for instance, will now be heard by the Patiala House court complex instead of the Saket court.

The last major reshuffling in the Delhi lower judiciary happened in July 2012 when 60 judges were transferred and 12 promoted to the Delhi Higher Judicial Services (DJHS), as reported by Zee News at the time.

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