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New Delhi, May 23: With the reorganisation of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state, many age-old practices are being changed.

Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 re-constituted state of Jammu and Kashmir as two union territories, ‘Jammu and Kashmir‘ and ‘Ladakh’, with effect from October 31, 2019. The latest change will be witnessed in the courts of the two union categories from June 1.

In an administrative order on  Friday evening, the Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh High Court Chief Justice Gita Mittal has put an end to the previous tradition of having separate timings for summer and winter sessions for courts.

The practice of change of timings of court functioning in the Jammu and Srinagar Wings’ of the High Court and the District courts in the summer Zone of J&K from 8.am to 1.30 pm from May to end of September (known as the ‘Summer Timings’) was placed before the Chief Justice for taking a decision.

After examining all the aspects, Justice Gita Mittal observed that any practice that reduces court timings from the required five hours, or results in wastage of court time, cannot be permitted.

“Courts all over the country follow a uniform practice of maintaining the same timing round the year irrespective of the weather. The weather conditions in the Union Territory of J&K are not exceptional to justify the change of timings. The change of timing brings inefficiency into judicial functioning, reduces court sitting time and is not in the best interest and welfare of the lawyers, litigants, court staff and negatively impacts valuable constitutional rights of litigants,” Justice Gita Mittal said in the order.

Hence, the Chief Justice ordered that from June 1 onward, the High Court and lower Courts of Jammu & Kashmir & Ladakh will follow uniform timings all year round.

The Chief Justice has revised Court timings for both the wings of the High Court as well as the lower Courts from June 1.

While Jammu wing of the High Court will function from 10 am to 4 pm, the timing for the Srinagar wing has been fixed from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.

As for district Courts in Jammu, the lower Courts will function from 10 am to 4 pm and in Kashmir & Ladakh they will work from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.

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