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WEST CHAMPARAN JUDICIARY AT A GLANCE

 

Judicial history of West Champaran (Earlier known as Bettiah) is very old. Up to 1906 West Champaran was under the jurisdiction of District & Sessions’ judge, Saran with head quarter at Chapra. In this year it was placed under the jurisdiction of District & Sessions’ judge, Muzaffarpur.

 

The court of Munsif at Bettiah was established in the year 1918. Mr. Anant Nath Mitra, who was Munsif at Motihari, was appointed the first Munsif at Bettiah subdivision.

 

In the year 1945 a separate judgeship of Champaran was established and Khan Bahadur Mohd. Ebrahim was the first District and Sessions’ Judge, with head quarter at Motihari.

 

District of West champaran got its judgeship status on 30th November, 1976 and Sri. Ramesh Pathak was the first District and Sessions’ judge.

 

i)              

Sri. Ramesh Pathak

(19.11.1976 to 31.01.1980)

ii)              

Sri. Madan Gopal Prasad

(18.04.1980 to 31.01.1981)

iii)             

Sri. Padma Narayan Singh

(31.03.1981 to 03.07.1982)

iv)              

Sri. D.N. Pradhan

(03.07.1982 to 09.04.1983)

v)              

Sri. Akhauri Baidyanath Prasad

(09.04.1983 to 12.01.1984)

vi)              

Sri. Nunumani Prasad Singh.

(22.05.1984 to 08.04.1987)

vii)            

Sri. Baidyanath Singh.

(08.04.1987 to 01.08.1989)

viii)            

Sri. Shamim Ehshan.

(22.08.1989 to 31.12.1990)

ix)              

Sri. Kailash Bihari Verma.

(05.01.1991 to 05.01.1994)

x)               

Sri. Chrirnji Singh.

(10.01.1994 to 30.06.1996)

xi)              

Sri. Rajendra Prasad No. I.

(19.07.1996 to 05.03.1998)

xii)            

Sri. Agapit Toppo

(24.03.1998 to 27.08.1999)

xiii)          

Sri. Rajendra Prasad Chaudhary

(09.09.1999 to 20.03.2002)

xiv)

Sri. Kamla Prasad.

(20.03.2002 to 20.05.2004)

xv)

Sri. Harish Chandra Singh

(24.05.2004 to 29.08.2006)

xvi) Sri Ramjee Pandey  (05.09.2006 to 31.03.2008)
xvii) Sri Arun Kr. Srivastava  (07.04.2008 till Date)

          

              Presently this Judgeship is presides by Sri. ARUN KR. SRIVASTAVA, who has entered into the    f             office on 7th April, 2008.

 

COURTS AT BAGAHA

 

Sub-divisional court at Bagaha was inaugurated on 25th February, 1982. On 27th April, 1987 Sub-judge’s court and on 23rd April, 2005 court of Additional & Sessions’ judge was inaugurated at Bagaha. Sri J.P.Singh was the first Additional District & Sessions’ judge at Bagaha. There is no judicial (Civil/Criminal) court at Narkatiaganj subdivision.

 

COURT BUILDINGS AND RESIDENTIAL ACCOMODATION

 

The main building of the civil court was constructed in the year 1925 for the court of Munsif. presently the court of the District & Sessions’ Judge and the court of the Principal Judge, Family Court, Bettiah has been accommodated in that building.

 

Two other buildings one with 10 court rooms and another with 7 court rooms were constructed later on. There are two annexe buildings also.

 

Another building with 5 court rooms house the  Fast Track courts .

 

There are 16 quarters for judicial officers including the residence of the District & Sessions’ judge and Principal Judge, Family Court.

There are 4 quarters for class III staff and 5 quarters for class IV staff.

 

FAMILY COURT:

 

The Family court was established on 09.09.2005. It works in the same building in which the court of District & Sessions’ judge work, with its own infrastructure. Sri Syed Jaffar Hussain is the present Principal Judge of the Family court.

 

VACANT COURTS:

There are number of vacant courts in different ranks of judicial hierarchy.

                  1.   Court of A.D.J.          – 08

                  2.   Courts of Civil-Judge (Sr. Division)   – 02

                  3.   Courts of Civil-Judge (Jr. Division)   – 02

 

INSPECTING JUDGE:

 

Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ghanshyam Prasad is the Inspecting judge of this Judgeship. w.e.f. 02.10.2005.

 

STRENGTH OF STAFF:

At present this judgeship is assisted by a dedicated team of class III and class IV employees. There are 124 class III employees and 119 class IV employees. They are posted at Bettiah and Bagaha.

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Class III Employees

Sanctioned Strength

Working Strength

1

Sheristedar of D.J.

01

01

2

Head clerk, Sheristedar of Sub-Judge and Munsif’s Sheristedar, Cr. Sheristedar Accountant, Nazir, Record Keeper, etc.

10

09

3

Clerks, comparing clerks etc.

113

108

 

Total of clerks

124

100

4

Stenographers

20

11

5

Typists

09

04

 

 

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Class IV Employees

Sanctioned Strength

Working Strength

1

Peons, Process servers, Sweepers, Waterman, Night Guards etc.

118

114

2

Daftari

02

02

3

Drivers

07

07

 

Total

127

123

 

 

For Fast Track Courts at Bettiah

 

1

Clerks

05

            02

 

2

Class IV

05

05

 

3

Driver

01

01

 

Family Court at Bettiah

1

Clerk

01

- Nil -

Clerk, peons, driver and stenographer are working on deputation

2

Stenographer

01

- Nil -

 3

Class IV

02

- Nil -

4

Driver

01

- Nil -

 

Officers Vehicle:

This judgeship has 9 vehicles including the vehicle of the District & Sessions’ judge and that of the Family court.

District Library:

The District court of West Champaran has a rich library, though it requires updating.

 

A Consolidated Statement of Disposal of Cases in the year 2006: -

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Nature of Cases

Cases Disposed off during the year 2006

1.

Sessions’ Cases

634

2.

Criminal Appeals

16

3.

Criminal Revisions

131

4.

Criminal Miscellaneous (Transfer)

39

5.

Criminal Miscellaneous (Bail Petitions)

2910

6.

Cases under SC & ST (P.O.A) Act

25

7.

Cases under NDPS Act

05

8.

Regular Appeals (Civil)

05

9.

Misc. Appeals

19

10.

Probate Cases

16

11.

Succession Cases

17

12.

Claim Cases

07

13.

Misc. Judicial Cases (Civil)

62

14.

Execution Cases

10

15.

Matrimonial Cases

150

16.

Cases under Chapter IX of Cr.P.C

284

17.

Title and Money Suits

461

18.

Land Acquisition Cases

03

19.

Final Decree

05

20.

Cases of Cognizance taking courts

 

a. Complaint Dismissed

342

b. Cases committed to the court

    of Sessions’ 

1031

21.

Cases of Magisterial Courts

4632

22.

Summary Trial

1302

23.

Essential Commodities Act Cases.

05

24.

Juvenile Justice Act Cases.

10

 

Pendency of Cases:-

Pendency of cases (in criminal and civil sides) has increased gradually in progressive manner.

 

Pendency of criminal cases:  (As on 31.03.2007)

       1. Sessions’ trial cases.           -    5620   

       2. Criminal appeal.                    -      716

       3. Criminal revision                    -   1044

       4. N.D.P.S. cases                      -     381

       5. S.C & S.T (P.A) Act cases   -     423

       6. Magisterial trial cases           -  28486

       7. Essential commodities Act cases-     116

 

PENDENCY OF CIVIL CASES:

1. Original Suits                                  -   4311

2. Regular appeals                             -     373

3. Miscellaneous cases                     -     433  

4. Execution cases                            -      252

5. Miscellaneous appeals                 -      228

6. Probate/Letter of admin. Cases  -      116

7. Succession cases                         -      088

8. Land acquisition cases                 -      023

9. Claim cases (M.V. Act)                 -      113

 

Pendency of cases before the Family court:

1. Matrimonial & Guardianship cases -    232

2. Cases under section 125 Cr.P.C.   -    333

3. Miscellaneous cases                        -      04

4. Execution cases                                -      03

 

DISTRICTS JUDGE’S RECORD ROOM

A well kept District judge record room is maintained.

 

LAWYER’S ASSOCIATION

 

Within few days of the opening of the civil court all pleaders formed an association, nominated there office bearers and received approval from the then civil authorities. The original strength of the Bar was only nine gradually it has swelled to 1007 as on 31.12.2005. Bar Association houses in its own building and it has a good library. A very cordial relation exists between the Bar and the Bench.

 

ADVOCATE’S CLERK

 

To assist the lawyers there are 386 registered advocate clerks. They have their own association and office bearers elected annually.

 

DISTRICT LEGAL SERVICES AUTHORITY

 

District of West Champaran is full of activities of legal literacy mission and Lok Adalats. More than 200 hoardings displaying the benefits of Lok Adalats have been placed at conspicuous places. A big hoarding 24 feet in height and 10 feet in width have been erected at Lauriya. Two big hoardings 12 feet in height and 6 feet width each have been erected on the western and eastern entry point at Bettiah respectively.

District legal services authority, West Champaran under the chairmanship of Sri Ramjee Pandey, District and Sessions’ judge has played a pivotal role in spreading the light of legal awareness amongst the downtrodden and weaker section of the society especially amongst the rural masses presiding in the deep forest and diara areas.

 

LOK ADALAT

 

A permanent Lok Adalat, West Champaran works in the same premises of the civil court. It has a separate room for conciliation.  Special Lok Adalats are organised regularly for disposal of cases.

 

Consolidated Statement of Disposal of Cases  by Lok Adalats: -

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Nature of Cases

 During the year 2006

From Jan., 2007 till June, 2007

1.

Civil Cases (including one prolitigation case)

                      11

3

2.

Claim

1

-

3.

Mutations

252

187

4.

Labours

2

-

5.

Bank Cases

1246

206

6.

Forest Cases

87

-

7.

Criminal Cases

1501

191

8.

Total Settlement Amount

Rs.1,48,79,617

Rs. 9,38,964

9.

Total Cases disposed of through Permanent Lok Adalat

88

-

10.

Total Cases disposed of through Special  Lok Adalat

2670

587

11.

Juvenile Justice Act Cases.

1

-

 

 

LEGAL LITERACY PROGRAMME:

 

Legal Literacy programme is organized three to four times every month. Doctors, Police officers, members of the elite classes including elected representatives of panchayats, advocates take part.

 

In 2005, 86 legal literacy camps were organised in all parts of the District including the remote rural areas.

 

                                LEGAL AID CLINIC AND CONCILIATION CENTRE

 

(Legal Services - Round the Clock)

The District Legal Services Authority West Champaran has proposed to establish a LEGAL AID CLINIC AND CONCILIATION CENTRE at Bettiah to provide free legal aid to poor and needy persons and also to provide a forum for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). The building in which it will be housed is complete and will be inaugurated shortly. The center will provide following services: -

Legal Aid: -

       a)  Free legal aid to poor and needy people and those eligible under Rule 19 of the Bihar State

            Legal Services Authority Regulation as stated above including the members of schedule caste

            and schedule tribes, victims of trafficking in human beings, women, children, mentally ill or    

            otherwise disabled persons, victims of calamities, natural disasters, ethnic balance, caste

            atrocity, flood, drought, earthquake, industrial disasters. It will also provide legal aid to industrial

            workers, persons in custody, including protective custody. The centre will provide legal aid to    

            victims of crime and also victims of violation of human rights.  

 

Para Legal Help: -

b) The centre will help retired Govt. servants, laborers and their families to get their retirement dues and benefits, pension, etc.

c) The centre will help the families of deceased Govt. employees who die in harness to get appointment on compassionate ground.

d) The centre will help people to get their dues and debts from banks, insurance companies, etc.

e) The centre will help people, particularly poor, who are deprived and disadvantaged to get their share in welfare schemes of the Govt. by ensuring proper implementation of welfare schemes of the Govt. in such manner as to reach the benefit of the schemes to the last person.

 

Conciliation and Mediation:

f) The centre will provide a forum for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) by mediation and conciliation in the pre-litigation stage or in the pending litigation stage. In pre-litigation mediation and conciliation the centre will endeavor to prevent litigation between the parties by helping them to reach an amicable settlement of their dispute. In pending cases also the centre will make an attempt to provide the services of mediators and conciliation for statutory conciliation U/s 89 CPC or otherwise also for the resolution of disputes and cases through the Lok Adalats. For efficient functioning the centre will maintain a panel of mediators and conciliators from amongst retired judicial officers, advocates, professors, doctors and such other persons whose voice is heard in the society.

    The centre will not only provide services through mediation and conciliation in disputes for which parties approach the centers, but it purposes to form a team of dedicated volunteers and social workers in each mohalla / village / locality who will motivate people to settle their dispute through mediation or conciliation and bring them to the centre for this purpose. The aim is to create peace, tolerance, forgiveness and fraternity with human dignity in the society as envisaged in the Preamble of our Constitution. A litigation free society will be the ideal situation. The centre will try to identify villages which are litigation free and set and example for other villages.