Now, a CMM court in each district
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The court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) of Delhi has been abolished, with CMM courts dedicated for each of the 11 civil and judicial districts in the capital being notified by the Delhi High Court. The 11 district and sessions judges in charge of each district have also been notified by a High Court order.
The move is expected to streamline the administrative work and expedite disposal of cases in both civil and criminal courts in the capital.
In a major overhaul of the city's lower judiciary, a large number of the 270 judges — of the ranks of the Delhi Judicial Services, which comprises senior civil judges, CMMs, ACMMS, metropolitan magistrates, and others — have been shuffled.
The higher judicial services, comprising over 180 courts of the sessions judges and district judges have also been shuffled with the creation of the new district and sessions judges. The notification will come into effect from March 1.
The High Court issued the notification on February 19, modifying an earlier order issued on January 28, which listed the names of eight judges elevated to the position of district and sessions judge.
The move comes after the Delhi government created 11 civil and revenue districts in the capital in October last year.
The judicial districts will now be Central, West, New Delhi, South, Southeast, East, Northeast, Shahdara, North, Northwest and Southwest Delhi.
The judicial district of Shahadara has been created by modifying the Northeast and East districts, while the Outer district has been abolished. Areas under it will now come under North and Northwest districts.
The areas that earlier came under the North district have been brought under the Central district, which has been expanded.
The change in jurisdiction is not expected to inconvenience litigants since cases would remain in the same court complex. However, some police stations have been shifted to different district courts.