Special court adjudication rate down

Kathmandu, July 16

The Special Court adjudicated 41.03 per cent cases out of 429 cases — 232 from previous year and 197 registered in the current fiscal year.

This adjudication rate is less compared to previous years.

In the fiscal 2016-17, the Special Court adjudicated 43.96 per cent case and in 2015-16 fiscal it had disposed of 48.30 per cent cases.

In the current fiscal, the government registered 94 cases (52.8 per cent) at the Special Court only in the last three months, according to a press release issued by the Special Court.

Chairman of the Special Court Baburam Regmi said he was not satisfied with the rate of adjudication of cases and he would make efforts in the days ahead to increase the rate of adjudication. He said he had set the goal of disposing of at least 60 per cent cases every year.

“Transfer of judges and the nature of cases that are filed at the Special Court are the main reasons why we are unable to

increase the rate of adjudication at this stage,” he said and added that often the transfer of judges had hampered delivery of verdicts.

“The judges are transferred frequently and the judiciary may have a valid reason for the transfers but I must tell you that Judges who come have never handled corruption cases and cases related to money laundering. We have to virtually train them for a few months before they can take up their assignments,” he said at an interaction with a group of reporters at his chamber today.

Often there are too many defendants and witnesses in  cases that are filed at the Special Court.

The court takes time to record their statements and examine the evidences, he argued.