Chief justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Justice Pankaj Mithal has taken a progressive step by ending a prolonged practice of seeking permission to file a case, pertaining to a particular wing, in another wing of the High Court.
He has directed that cases from Kargil and Kashmir Valley should be filed, heard and decided in the court’s Kashmir wing in Srinagar and cases from Jammu and Leh should be filed, heard and decided in the court’s Jammu wing.
J&K High Court still has territorial jurisdiction over the UT of Ladakh even as the latter separated from J&K in 2019.
Also, he made sure that e-filing is also permitted through any available digital mode but this availability of the facility of filing through e-mode in both wings of the high court, no application shall be considered for seeking permission to file a case, related to a particular wing, in the other wing of the high court.
Also, directions were issued regarding establishment of Vidhik Seva Kendra in each district of both UTs.
The litigants of Ladakh instead of travelling to Srinagar or Jammu for filing matters in the High Court, may approach to the “Vidhik Seva Kendra” in their district to avail the facility of filing their matters through e-mode with the help of these centers.
The matters of Ladakh so filed may, if possible and convenient, be heard in the concerned wing through video conferencing. These directions have been issued by the chief justice because of difficulty in entertaining the applications for permission to file cases pertaining to a particular wing in the other wing as difficulty is beyond imagination when e-filing is also permitted whereby anyone can file a case in any wing of the High Court from anywhere.