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DHCBA ‘condemns’ law minister for surrendering to DC strikes, calls for HC strike & parliament march tomorrow

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The Delhi High Court Bar Association (DHCBA) has passed a resolution condemning the law minister for “succumbing to political pressure” of district court lawyers demanding an increase to lower court’s pecuniary jurisdiction.

The resolution that was passed by the DHCBA executive committee today states:

It is a matter of regret that such a unilateral assurance has been given without even affording an opportunity of hearing to the principal stakeholders – the Delhi High Court Bar Association. The Delhi High Court Bar Association condemns the Union Minister of Law & Justice for succumbing to political pressure and acting without hearing us, the prime stake holder.

By a decisive majority, the Executive Committee has resolved to call for a total ‘abstention from work’ tomorrow i.e. Wednesday, the 17th December, 2014. Members are requested to co-operate and abstain from appearing before the High Court tomorrow and make the protest a success.

The abstention from work tomorrow will be followed by a detailed representation to the Union Minister for Law & Justice bringing to his attention, inter-alia, the report of the internal committee of the Judges of the High Court recommending enhancement of jurisdiction to only Rs.50 lacs. A march to Parliament will also be held in the next few days to protest against the issue of proposed enhancement of jurisdiction.

Members are requested to cooperate and express solidarity with the Bar Association. A list of proxy counsel appointed by the Bar Association for every court will be displayed outside the respective court rooms.

District court lawyers yesterday called a halt to their indefinite strike after the law minister agreed to table the bill that would increase district courts’ jurisdiction to hear cases of up to Rs 2 crore.

The decrease in high court’s jurisdiction, would result in lakhs of cases being transferred from the high courts to the lower courts, which are believed to have greater capacity to handle the load than the high courts.

This would result in more work for district court lawyers, and correspondingly less work for high court lawyers.

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