Children’s court to now have three sittings per week
The children's court in Panaji will soon have three sittings a week instead of the usual one in order to reduce the high pendency of cases which has now risen to about 300.
Official sources told TOI that the government has decided that in addition to the one sitting by judge Anuja Prabhudesai on Mondays, additional sessions judge P V Sawaikar will now conduct two sittings in the children's court every week, taking the total sittings per week to three. The days of the week when judge Sawaikar will hold his sittings will be decided by the children's court.
Additionally, the government is also considering writing to the high court of Bombay at Goa to appoint a full-time and permanent judge for the Goa children's court. Presently, the judges are officiating in the children's court on deputation basis. Appointment of a permanent judge to the children's court will help greatly in streamlining the functioning of the court and reducing the pendency of cases there, sources said. [TOI]