KATHMANDU, August 13: The Supreme Court on Wednesday formed a panel to conduct a study on the possibility of launching an automated system of allocating cases to justices.
The move comes shortly after the Nepal Bar Association (NBA)-- the umbrella organization of lawyers across the country-- asked the apex court to introduce an automated system of assigning cases. A three-member panel of justices has been entrusted with the responsibility to submit its report to Chief Justice within one month.
The panel will have the SC registrar, the Deputy Attorney General at the Office of the Attorney General, the NBA President and a member of the Supreme Court Bar Association as ex-officio members.
The move of the apex court comes at a time when the apex court faces serious allegations of corruption and irregularities due to the misuse of the power vested in Chief Justice to allot cases to other justices. The NBA had earlier submitted a 17-point recommendation to the CJ to bring reforms in the judiciary as public trust toward the judiciary in the country is fast eroding in recent days.
A section of lawyers have been accusing the Chief Justice for misusing his power while assigning cases to other judges.Lawyers welcomed the move of the apex court to set up the plan saying that introduction of an automated system of cases may bring reform in the judiciary.