THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Various courts in Thiruvananthapuram district have not filled the vacant posts of judges. Currently, there are close to eight posts left vacant where thousands of cases - civil, criminal as well as land acquisition appeal cases - are pending. Law minister A. K. Balan’s office maintained that subordinate judges are appointed by High Court registrar.
The district judiciary of Thiruvananthapur-am district consists of one principal district and sessions court, eight addl. district and sessions courts, six subordinate judges/asst. sessions courts, three motor accident claims tribunals and four addl. MACTs, three family courts, a co-operative tribunal, a tribunal for Local Self Government institutions, an enquiry commission and a special judge under the prevention of corruption act, one special court (CBI), one chief judicial magistrate court, one addl. chief judicial magistrate Court, 15 judicial first class magistrate courts, nine munsiff's courts, one rent control court and one gram nyayalaya.
These courts are spre-ad over at Thiruvanant-hapuram, Neyyattinka-ra, Nedumangadu, Atti-ngal, Varkala, Kattakk-ada and Parassala. The Vanchiyoor Court has been most affected with close to eight posts of judges lying vacant.
“The positions of two munsiffs, two magistrates and also two magistrates in two fast track courts have been lying vacant at Vanchiyoor court alone. Currently the new batch of judicial officers is undergoing training in court practices and judiciary,” said Pachalloor R. Jayakrish-nan, secretary, Thiruva-nanthapuram Bar Asso-ciation to DC.
At the Vanchiyoor subordinate judges court which handles land acquisition appeal cases, the existing judge was transferred 10 months ago and the position has been lying vacant since.
“The law department has no role in appointments. The registrar, High Court has the sole discretion on it”, said A. K. Balan’s office staff....