Bill proposes registrar general's post at Supreme Court

Published On: June 15, 2016 08:41 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, June 16: The Supreme Court administration will be led by a registrar general in near future if the Supreme Court Act amendment bill, which is currently under consideration at Parliament, is passed by the House.

The parliament on Wednesday paved the way for registering three amendment bills related to judiciary, including the bill that proposes amendment to the Supreme Court Act. 

The House meeting on Wednesday gave lawmakers 72 hours to register their amendment proposal on the three bills.

The Supreme Court Act revision proposes replacing the post of registrar with registrar general.

The Supreme Court, in its annual report, had asked the government to make necessary arrangements for creating the post of registrar general at the Supreme Court.

"The Supreme Court had asked the government to take steps for creating the post of registrar general to cope with the increasing workload on court administration and implement judicial reform plan," said Supreme Court Spokesperson Nahakul Subedi. 

"While a chief secretary leads bureaucratic hierarchy of the executive branch and a general secretary heads the parliamentary service, the post of registrar general on par with these two posts was sought to lead the judicial organ of the state," he added.

The bill states that there shall be a chief registrar, who shall work as an administrative chief of the Supreme Court, acting under general directives and control of the chief justice.

The bill calls for the creation of the registrar general's post at the Supreme Court citing registrars' post at the High Courts.

As per the apex court's annual report, at least two registrars should work under the registrar general at the Supreme Court. 

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