Acting CJ complains of insufficient budget, staffers

Published On: June 27, 2018 04:20 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, June 27: Acting Chief Justice (CJ) Deepak Raj Joshi has accused the government of allocating insufficient budget to and deploying inadequate number of staffers at the judiciary.

He has asked the government to provide sufficient budget and workforce to the judiciary.

The acting CJ made this remark while addressing an interaction on Supplying Human Resource to the Judicial Service, Situation of Personnel Development and Areas of Reforms organized jointly by the Judicial Council (JC) and Supreme Court Human Resource Committee on Tuesday. He also urged everyone to think about the present situation 'very seriously'.

Saying that the government has not made any decision on SC's demand for sufficient human resource despite official demand forwarded by the Supreme Court on the basis of an official survey, the acting CJ said that this has affected the functioning of the judiciary.

“The workload of the judiciary has doubled over the past one decade but the workforce remains the same. This is a problematic situation, affecting the justice delivery process,” he said. Joshee also called upon the government to give special priority to the judicial service and also treat it differently. 

Nripa Dhoj Niroula, secretary at the JC, in his work paper presented at the event, emphasized the need for the government to review the human resource requirement of the judiciary.

Niroula stated that the law colleges in the country have been producing more graduates every year but the attraction toward the judicial service is very low due to various reasons such as the unpredictable career development, lack of enough opportunities, differences in the perks and other benefits of judges and the subordinate staffers.

Speaking on the same occasion, Supreme Court Co-registrar Lalbabu Kunwar underlined the need for providing sufficient incentives to the human resource of the judiciary, keeping in mind their workload.

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