Delhi accommodates a population of 17 million in a nation of 1.24 billion people. Hence, managing the law and order in the city is a Herculean task. As per the website of the Delhi District Courts, “These courts strive to provide access and services to all court users in a fair, consistent and timely manner".
They function 6 days a week (except for every 2nd Saturday) between 10.00 am to 4.00 pm with a lunch break from 1.30 pm to 2.00 pm. Filing counters are open from 10 am to 1.30 pm and 2.00 pm to 2.30 pm.
6 District Courts
Tis Hazari Courts Complex
It is situated between Mori Gate and St. Stephen’s Hospital (Near ISBT, Kashmere Gate) in Old Delhi. Most of the civil and criminal courts of central and north district are present in this building. The Ld. District & Sessions Judge of Delhi sits here. The Tis Hazari metro station is nearby.
Karkardooma Court Complex
It is situated in East Delhi near Anand Vihar & Suraj Mal Vihar. The Criminal Courts for East and North-East Districts, four courts of civil judges, one Matrimonial court, two Motor Accident Claims Tribunals and all the Labour Courts/Industrial Tribunals are situated here. The nearest metro station is Welcome on Shahdra-Rithala Line.
Patiala House Court Complex
It is housed in the erstwhile palace of Maharaja of Patiala near India Gate and National Stadium. It is also known as the New Delhi Court Complex. Criminal Courts of New Delhi, South and South-West district, Motor Accident Claims Tribunals for these districts and two special CBI Courts are also situated here. The nearest metro station is Tilak Marg.
Rohini Court Complex
Situated near Madhuban Chowk on Outer Ring Road in Rohini Area, there are presently 33 courts operational in Rohini Courts Complex which deal with Civil, Criminal, Matrimonial, Rent and Motor Accident Claims cases pertaining to the West and North-West Districts. The nearest metro station is Pitampura.
Dwarka Courts Complex
This Court Complex started functioning in 2008 and is another modern functional court located in Sector 10, Dwarka, New Delhi (near IGI Airport). It is located in Sector 10, Dwarka, New Delhi (Near the IGI Airport). The courts functioning here are Industrial tribunals, labour courts, civil and family courts and motor tribunals. Dwarka sector 10 metro station is the nearest.
Saket Court Complex
This Court Complex is situated near the Saket District Centre and started functioning with effect from 2010. The work of Civil and Criminal cases, including Motor Accident Claim Petitions relating to South Civil District and South and South-East Police Districts hitherto being taken up at Patiala House Courts Complex have been shifted here.
You might feel lost amidst the crowd of black coats around but don't worry as a simple procedure needs to be followed while filling a lawsuit in any of the district courts. (Taking help from a lawyer is important in order to proceed with the case hearings).
You must prepare the plaint application (format available in the court complex), that is, presenting your dispute in writing. Affix the proper court fees as stamp.
Give that plaint to the appropriate office of the court as per the nature of problem.
It'll be numbered and you'll receive the information from court about the receipt of your application. The opposite party will be summoned on the given date of hearing.
The Solution to the Problem
Although the law infrastructure is well-built in Delhi, yet it is not sufficient enough to support the volume of cases received on a daily basis which leads to delayed judgement. Corruption and bribery add more to the inefficiency of these courts. Blaming the government and the system is not the solution; its incumbent upon the citizens of Delhi to abstain from any such act that requires legal proceedings; a little more discipline on one’s self can change the situation.
Knowledge related to filling an RTI (Right to Information) in order to get information from the government officials is essential so get acquainted with the required information and develop your discretionary power in order to keep the judicial system working efficiently.