Shimla: In a bid to fast track the completion of pending cases, the Himachal Pradesh High Court has set a deadline to dispose of all cases till 2005.

After the recommendations from the Union Law Ministry, the high court will settle of cases pertaining to senior citizens, physically handicapped, outstanding issues, minors, etc till December 31.

While launching the mission, Himachal High Court Chief Justice Kurian Joseph said the main aim is to reduce pendency of cases with the high court and subordinate courts and provide speedy justice to people.

“Through this campaign, all cases up to 2005 will be cleared by December 31 and the cases pending with subordinate courts up to 2008 will also be cleared on the same deadline,” he said.

He added that 150 under trial cases will be disposed of by July 31.

Apart from this, three mobile traffic magistrate courts will be set up in Shimla, Mandi and Dharamshala which will solve cases under the Motor Vehicle Act.

Also, Holiday Courts at Shimla, Baddi (Nalagarh), Paonta Sahib and Amb will be created to dispose of cases of government employees.

In order to fast track completion of cases, mediation centres will also be created. Computerisation of subordinate courts would be completed before December 31.

He said the rate of disposal in the Himachal Pradesh High Court is higher than the filing of cases. According to him, 36,697 cases were registered in 2010 while 42, 759 cases were disposed in the same year.

JPN/Bureau