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If states are all unlocking, why not courts, asks PIL by lawyer in MP High Court

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New Delhi (ILNS): Advocate Bhanya Kumar Jain has filed a PIL in the Jabalpur Bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, seeking regular hearing in all subordinate courts of the state, including the main bench of Jabalpur, Indore and Gwalior bench of the High Court.

According to the PIL, from March 2020 (national lockdown was announced by the Prime Minister on March 24), the High Court and the subordinate courts have remained locked. The PIL says that this has resulted in heavy financial losses for lawyers and clients, along with “mental pain”.

The petitioner argued that when the unlocking has started in one state after another, why have hearing in regular courts not started?

He said that many of the state’s lawyers are in financially weak condition. Their existence is in crisis due to the constant closure of the courts. The basic area of livelihood seems to have slipped from their hands. Many lawyers have gone into depression, claimed the petitioner.

Advocate Jain also submitted that the judiciary is heavily burdened with pending cases. Therefore, the burden of pending cases has increased in such a long time. Only matters of significant nature were heard through video conferencing. This has led to the “hanging” of cases which are under consideration. A tense situation has arisen between the parties and the lawyers.

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In the PIL, the Registrar General of the High Court, MP State Bar Council, High Court Bar Association, District Lawyers Association and the State Government have been made parties.

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