Saturday, July 5, 2008

Advocates heading for new 'benches'

The two High Court circuit benches set to start functioning from July 7, have brought smiles on the faces of several advocates, who are practising in Bangalore as they are more happy to return to their backyards in North Karnataka.

Many advocates are busy searching for suitable places to establish their offices at Dharwad and Gulbarga. Some of them have already started packing-up.

Even those North Karnataka advocates, who have a thriving practice in Bangalore since 1980 are ready to move their office to Dharwad, because they have been receiving more than 80 per cent of the cases from that region.

Over 40,000 case files of northern region pending before the High Court have already been transferred appropriately to these two benches by the Court registry.

They are all set to start their practice at Dharwad and Gulbarga by next week.

The Circuit Bench will have jurisdiction over the districts of Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bellary, Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri, Koppal and Uttar Kannada. Apart from Justice S.R. Bannurmath, Justice A.N. Venugopalgouda, Justice S. Abdul Nazir, Justice Ashok Inchageri and Justice A.S. Pachchapur will be officiating judges.

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