Saturday, November 24, 2007

Broaden admin court jurisdiction: CJ
Chief Justice Kedar Prasad Giri on Friday said it was necessary to extend the jurisdiction of the Administrative Court in order to lessen the workload of the Supreme Court.
"If the Administrative Court is given authority to deal with cases related to transfer and promotion of employees of both government offices and state-owned corporations, it will greatly lessen the workload of the Supreme Court," Giri said.
Inaugurating a two-day program on "State, Structure and Judicial Authority", organized by the Administrative Court, Giri said he hoped that executive and legislative branches of the government would take steps to enact necessary laws for the extension of the court's jurisdiction.
The Supreme Court judges, high ranking bureaucrats, security officials, lawyers, civil society leaders, journalists and politicians are taking part in the program that aims to suggest ways to address the existing problems at the judiciary, according Kashi Raj Dahal, chairman of the court.
Speaking on the occasion, State Minister for Labor and Transportation, Ramesh Lekhak, said democracy cannot function without an independent judiciary. "For the success of democracy, an independent, strong and impartial judiciary is necessary," Lekhak said.

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