Endeavour from day one has been to deliver real and speedy justice: Justice Ravi Malimath bids farewell to Uttarakhand High Court

Justice Malimath's transfer to the Himachal Pradesh High Court was notified on December 31, 2020. He took oath as a Judge of the Himachal Pradesh High Court today.
Endeavour from day one has been to deliver real and speedy justice: Justice Ravi Malimath bids farewell to Uttarakhand High Court
Justice Ravi Malimath

Justice Ravi Malimath today took oath as a Judge of the Himachal Pradesh High Court, following his recent transfer from the Uttarakhand High Court.

In his farewell address to the Uttarakhand High Court, the Judge expressed that he considered himself extremely fortunate to have served the people of the State of Uttarakhand.

"I have received abundant love and affection from everybody here, both from the bar and from my esteemed brothers. was never made to feel like an outsider and was always treated as one amongst you", said Justice Malimath, who was serving as the Court's Acting Chief Justice at the time of his transfer, following the retirement of Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan last July.

Justice Malimath went on to speak of how he has endeavoured to ensure speedy justice during his time at the High Court.

"My endeavour from day one has been to deliver real and speedy justice to the litigants. I have strived for this, from the first case that I heard, till the last case that I adjudicated this morning. I have been told by the Registry that for the 149 working days, in the Single Bench and the Division Bench matters, there have been disposal of 1,501 main cases and 3,178 miscellaneous cases namely, a total of 4,679 cases", Justice Malimath told the gathering.

He further spoke of the various initiatives carried out at the High Court in the recent times, during his time there, through Advisory Committees constituted for the Uttarakhand High Court and the trial courts of the State.

These initiatives included measures to address the belated issuance of causelists, easing the filing of cases, the constitution of vacation courts, e-payment of court fees, clearing of defects in case-files, specifying the paper size and formatting of case-files, access to SCC Online for judges, expeditious disposal of urgent matters, enhancing the fee payable to amicus curiae, enhancement of pecuniary jurisdiction in trial courts, measures to ensure that persons granted bail are released without delay, the constitution of a committee to ensure that confidential records of judicial officers reflects the true state of affairs etc.

Justice Malimath also thanked the members of the Bar, the Bench and the Registry in his address. He observed,

"The bar indeed has brilliant seniors and promising juniors. The members of the bar are ingenious and hardworking. I will treasure the varied interactions I had with the seniors and the juniors of the bar."

On a parting note, the Judge expressed hope that the "High Court of Uttarakhand and the subordinate judiciary will rise to greater heights in the cause of quick and real dispensation of justice."

Justice Ravi Malimath taking oath at the Himachal Pradesh High Court.
Justice Ravi Malimath taking oath at the Himachal Pradesh High Court.

Justice Malimath's transfer to the Himachal Pradesh High Court was notified on December 31, 2020. This is the second transfer for Justice Malimath in the same year, who originally hails from the Karnataka High Court. He had been transferred to the Uttarakhand High Court in March last year.

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