Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Jan 25:
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday laid the foundation stone of the Judicial Court Complex (JCC) at Bhubaneswar Bar Association office premises here.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said nearly 20 different courts will start functioning from this complex once the construction of the complex is completed. In due course, it can accommodate as many as 50 courts, he said.
Since advocates are finding it difficult to rush from one court to another when the courts are located at different places, the JCC will be convenient for lawyers to deal with their cases without moving from one place to another, Patnaik said. Besides, it will also help litigants and petitioners get their grievances redressed expeditiously, he added.
“A judicial complex will facilitate all the courts, tribunals and commissions within one premise. This is a step to enrich good governance to which our government is committed. I hope this welcome step will make the justice system quick, inexpensive and justice-seeker friendly,” Patnaik said.
Supreme Court Judge Justice AK Patnaik, Odisha High Court Chief Justice AK Goel and District judge Bhubaneswar BK Rath also spoke on the occasion.
The JCC will have four separate building – G+9, G+7, G+11, G+5 – two each for Judicial and Revenue courts respectively constructed on the land after demolishing the office of Sub-Registrar, Tehsil and Sub-Collector office here, informed Bhubaneswar Bar Association Secretary Prasanna Kumar Parida.
Parida said the state government has sanctioned Rs 113 crore for the judicial building whose construction work will begin soon and will be completed in two years’ time.
The building will house civil, criminal, labour, revenue, consumer, Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC), Information Commission, Lokpal, State Commission for Women (SCW), industrial tribunal, education tribunal and the Odisha administrative tribunal courts, Bar Association sources said.