Many believe that Post offices in Jammu and Kashmir will help in delivering justice. The High Court of Jammu and Kashmir launched a project on Monday which utilises the pre-existent postal system in 11 districts to permit citizens to register their disputes through the medium of local post offices as well as common service centres.
The project is named “Insaf Ki Dastak” and was e-inaugurated by the High Court Justice Gita Mittal on Monday at 12.30 pm. A YouTube channel of the J&K High Court was also launched during the programme.
Justice Rajesh Bindal, Jammu & Kashmir Legal Services Authority Executive Chairman, addressed the audience of programme. He said that the court is initiating an elaborate exercise to make sure that justice reaches the farthest corner of the Union Territories, especially remote areas which are inaccessible because of harsh weather.
Justice Bindal said that this project will also benefit the marginalised communities. Members of such communities find it difficult to approach the Munsiff, the District and Sessions Courts, the Magistrate and the High Court because of their ignorance, disability, illiteracy, poverty or other disabling reasons.
Justice Bindal said that anyone living in a remote area who is wishing to file a case before a Judicial Magistrate, may file it before the nearest approved centre run by the Government of India/Union Territory governments authenticated by the High Court or the nearest post office established by the Department of Post, Ministry of Communications, Government of India, in collaboration with the Legal Services Authority (LSA), High Court of Jammu and Kashmir.”
Justice Bindal added that beneficiaries of this project can also seek help in drafting and filing the case from a para-legal volunteer or a panel lawyer duly appointed by a legal service institution attached to the centre approved by the LSA or District LSA at the designated post office or the approved centre.
Post offices or approved centre/court of lowest jurisdiction will be required to maintain the entire record of the filing of cases in soft form and registers. The hearing of these cases would be performed digitally through video-conferencing wherever possible. These cases would get priority for listing/hearing.