Surprisingly naming the common place “High Court”, a shed located at outskirts of the village, elderly residents of the village first listen to the arguments of both parties and then discussing with each other award their judgment, which is generally accepted by all
Realising the legal battles in courts time consuming, hectic as well pocket burning, residents of village Poohla have set up their own court in their village to settle down all issues with mutual consent. Naming the common place “High Court”, a shed located outside the village near the Sirhind canal on Nathana road, the elderly people of the village first listen to the arguments of both quarreling parties and then discussing with each other award their judgment, which is generally accepted by all. With these fast trial proceedings, which are free from any kind of expense, the villagers have set an example for the whole state. Visiting this informal but special court named “High Court”, Daily Post found a group of people, with some having grey beard, sitting there. Two of them were reading newspapers while others were attentively listening to them. Observing the curiosity of this correspondent, the elderly offered seat and told that it was an idea derived not for publicity but to sort out the village issues at village level. They informed that after the “High Court” set up in the village about eight years ago, just rare cases went to the police station. “Reposing faith in us, people themselves come to the “court” with their issues and paying proper heed to all, we pronounce the unbiased verdict, which most of people have accepted till date,” they claimed.Speaking further, the villagers informed that sometimes finding somebody going to the police station, they intercept them on the way and ask to bring the case in the village court before getting involved in the complicated legal system. “If the “High Court” finds the matter is of serious nature, we all not only recommend the people to move to the police station but sometimes even accompany the victim,” they added. However, they clarified that if somebody either ignoring or defying the judgment of “High Court” went to the police station, they never supported the person. An ex-member of village Panchayat, Sukhjinder Singh said, “This court is open for all. Everybody who proves his maturity of mind is welcome to sit beside us and contribute in the decisions.” “We all having breakfast from homes come to the “High Court” and adjourn it around 5 pm when the sun comes close to set,” informed Gursewak Singh, another member of this informal Court, which endorsed Balwinder Singh and Jagtar Singh sitting next to him. Acknowledging the success rate of the “High Court” of village Poohla, staff of the Nathana Police Station said, “We too feel much relieved as the villagers settle down their issues at their village level self-established “Court”.
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