The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Thursday held a full court reference to pay tribute to district judges in the State who passed away in 2021-22.
The legal fraternity gathered to offer condolences to judicial officers - both retired and sitting - who passed away last year.
The event was presided over by Chief Justice Ravi Malimath, along with Principal District and Sessions Judge and President of the Madhya Pradesh Judges' Association Subodh Kumar Jain.
"The last few years have been witness to unprecedented and untimely losses. The loss of a judicial officer is a loss in our family of judges and advocates. It is with a deep sense of anguish and sorrow, that we pay our respects to the departed souls. The entire legal fraternity of Madhya Pradesh is with the families during these difficult times," the Chief Justice said in his speech.
Chief Justice Malimath went on to express gratitude to the judicial officers for having worked extensively for the cause of justice. While acknowledging the role of district judges in the justice delivery system, he said,
"The contributions made by the judges of district judiciary are immense. It is they who interact with the litigants at the outset when litigation is commenced. It is from them that the litigants derive the confidence in the judicial system...The importance of the district judiciary cannot be undermined and each one of the members in the district judiciary has contributed to the dispensation of justice to the best of their ability."
The event was organised at the Principal Bench of the High Court at Jabalpur. Judges sitting at the Benches at Gwalior and Indore, as well as judicial officers, advocates and families of the deceased judges attended the ceremony virtually.
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