Administrative Committees

The Chief Justice of the High Court has constituted 27 committees to deal with the administrative work of the High Court.

A summary of the work done by each of the committees is given below.

STANDING COMMITTEE

Chairman

The Chief Justice

Members

Justice Jaswant Singh

Justice Subhasis Talapatra

Dr. Justice B. R. Sarangi

Justice Arindam Sinha

Justice D. Dash

Justice B. Rath

During 2021, Justice Biswajit Mohanty was a member of this Committee till 21st October, 2022.

The Standing Committee deals with all service-related matters like promotion, transfer, disciplinary matters etc. and so on of Judicial Officers belonging to the cadres of Civil Judge and Senior Civil Judge.

In 2022, 45 officers from the cadre of Civil Judge were promoted to the cadre of Senior Civil Judge on the recommendation of this Committee.

REVIEW COMMITTEE

Chairman

The Chief Justice

Members

Justice Jaswant Singh

Justice Subhasis Talapatra

Dr. Justice B. R. Sarangi

Justice Arindam Sinha

Justice D. Dash

Justice B. Rath

During 2022, Justice C. R. Dash and Justice Biswajit Mohanty were the members of this Committee till 20th June, 2022 and 21st October, 2022 respectively

The Review Committee reviews the performance of judicial officers immediately prior to their completing the ages of 50 years, 55 years and 58 years. The Committee recommends whether they should continue in service beyond those ages. In the process, the Committee may even recommend, for the reasons to be recorded, compulsory retirement of officers found inefficient or of doubtful integrity.

In 2022, the performance of 36 officers was reviewed by the Review Committee. While 32 officers in all were found suitable to be continued beyond 50 years, 55 years and 58 years, 4 officers were recommended to be compulsorily retired.

PERMANENT COMMITTEE FOR THE DESIGNATION OF ADVOCATES AS SENIOR ADVOCATES

Chairman

The Chief Justice

Members

Justice Jaswant Singh

Justice Subhasis Talapatra Advocate General, Odisha

Mr. S. P. Mishra - Sr. Advocate

During 2022, Justice C.R. Dash and Shri Asok Mohanty, Senior Advocate were the members of the Committee till 20th June, 2022.

This Committee examines the applications received from advocates and makes recommendations as per the Orissa High Court (Designation of Senior Advocates) Rules, 2019.

During 2022, the Committee examined 83 applications and made recommendations in two phases. While 8 advocates were designated as Senior Advocates on 27th April, 2022, 2 advocates were designated on 20th December, 2022. In total, 10 advocates were designated as Senior Advocates on the recommendation of the Committee during the year.

VIGILANCE AND DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE

Chairman

The Chief Justice

Members

Justice Jaswant Singh

Dr. Justice B. R. Sarangi

Justice D. Dash

This committee examines complaints received against judicial officers and recommends whether they should be proceeded with by way of a disciplinary action or the complaints should be dropped. Complaints that are anonymous or unsupported by an affidavit or unverified are usually not entertained.

During 2022, Justice B. Mohanty was a member of this Committee till 21st October, 2022.

High Court Building Committee

Chairman

Justice Jaswant Singh

Members

Justice D. Dash

Justice A. K. Mohapatra

Justice V. Narasingh

Justice Chittaranjan Dash

During 2022, while Justice B. Mohanty was the Chairman of this Committee till 21st October, 2022. Justice B. Rath and Justice Sashikanta Mishra were the members of this Committee till 20th June 2022.

The High Court Building Committee has been constituted to plan and oversee the construction and the work of renovation of the Court and office buildings, residential accommodation for High Court Judges and Officers and staff of the High Court. This Committee also deals with matters relating to security, vehicles and cafeteria of the High Court.

The Committee approved the plans and estimates for the following new projects:

550 staff quarters over 10 acres of land at Sector-13, CDA, Cuttack;

7 new bungalows for Judges in the Cantonment Road area of Cuttack;

Expansion of the Administrative Block of the High Court;

New building for the Centre for Judicial Archives over Ac.1.884 dec at Sector-1, CDA, Cuttack;

Covered parking in front of the new building of the High Court;

New Annexe building (B+G+4) for the Bar in the High Court premises;

Foot over bridge with facility of lifts for safe access of advocates and litigants to High Court premises from the Ring Road along Kathajodi river.

Formalities for the commencement of the above projects except the project at (vi) i.e. new Annexe building (B+G+4) for the Bar have been completed. Though provision of funds for commencement of the said project has been made in the financial year 2022-23, the project is awaiting administrative approval of the State Government.

Apart from the above new projects, the committee also took up the work of oversight of the following projects:

Restoration and development of the HighCourt Museum;

Modernization of all the branches of the office with new furniture and storage cabinets;

Construction of canteen for the staff at the Record Room Digitization Centre (RRDC);

Establishment of a Conservation Laboratory and a Centre in the Record Room Digitization Centre for conservation of fragile records and the records of historical importance;

Renovation of the compound wall of the High Court with gates of uniform design at all the entry points;

Modifications in the ongoing construction of the new building of the High Court Guest House at Puri.

In order to strengthen the security surveillance, the Committee took up installation of new Door Frame Metal Detectors (DFMDs) at vulnerable entry points in addition to the existing baggage scanner. Biometric attendance devices were installed at 14 different locations in the High Court.

APPEAL COMMITTEE FOR SUBORDINATE COURTS

Chairman

Justice Jaswant Singh

Members

Dr. Justice B. R. Sarangi

Justice Arindam Sinha

Justice G. Satapathy

During 2022, Justice S. Pujahari, Justice M.S. Sahoo and Justice Sashikanta Mishra were the members of this Committee till 23rd September, 2022, 20th June, 2022 and 26th October, 2022 Respectively.

The Committee has been constituted in terms of Rule 10 of Chapter II of the Rules of the High Court of Orissa, 1948. It deals with appeals and representations made on the administrative side by the employees of the District Judiciary against the orders passed by Disciplinary Authorities.

Rules 22 and 23 of the Orissa Civil Services (Classification, Control & Appeal) Rules, 1962 permits the non-gazetted staff of the District Judiciary to appeal against the penalties imposed on them by the Disciplinary Authorities and the orders passed by the Appointing Authority respectively.

At the beginning of 2022, 27 appeals were pending. During the year, 8 new appeals were filed and 15 appeals were disposed of by the Committee. At the end of the year, 20 appeals were pending.

Judicial Academy and Training Committee

Patron in Chief

The Chief Justice

Chairman

Justice Subhasis Talapatra

Members

Dr. Justice S. K. Panigrahi

Justice Sashikanta Mishra

Justice V. Narasingh

Justice G. Satapathy

During 2022, while Justice Jaswant Singh and Justice Biswajit Mohanty were the Chairmen of this Committee till 20th June, 2022 and 21st October, 2022 respectively. Justice S. Pujahari, Justice B. Rath and Justice S. K. Sahoo were the members till 20th June, 2022.

This Committee is entrusted with the responsibility of taking decisions regarding the training to be imparted to newly recruited judicial officers as well as continuing education to the serving ones. It finalizes the calendar of training workshops, seminars, conferences and events for the entire year. The committee elicits feedback from the participants at every workshop and training session.

A central focus of the committee is on the updation of the knowledge of judicial officers on judicial ethics, judicial skills, sensitization in the areas of gender, disabilities, social issues, poverty, access to justice and environment.

Information Technology (IT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Committee

Chairman

Justice Subhasis Talapatra

Members

Dr. Justice S. K. Panigrahi

Justice M. S. Raman

Justice Chittaranjan Dash

During 2022, Justice B. Mohanty was the Chairman of the Committee till 21st October, 2022. While Justice S. K. Sahoo and Justice R. K. Pattanaik were the members of the Committee till 20th June, 2022, Justice B. P Routray was a member of the Committee till 26th October, 2022.

This committee is assigned with the tasks of implementing:

Various initiatives of the e-Committee of the Supreme Court of India under the e-Courts project;

Information & Communication Technology (ICT) initiatives of the High Court of Orissa;

AI related initiatives under the guidance of the AI Committee of the Supreme Court.

In 2022, the Committee took up setting up of e-Filing Stations, Virtual Court rooms and Paperless Courts in the District Courts apart from launching of e-Filing 3.0, creation of case law portal for judicial officers, additional network connectivity in every District Court complex, launching of e-Notification System in High Court, implementation of paperless office in the High Court by introducing Odisha Judicial Workflow Automation System (OJWAS).

The detailed description of the ICT activities undertaken under the supervision of the Committee is given in a separate chapter hereafter.

Rules Committee for all Rules (except under Section 123 CPC)

Chairman

Justice Subhasis Talapatra

Members

Justice B. P. Routray

Justice R. K. Pattanaik

Justice A. K. Mohapatra

During 2022, Justice B. Mohanty was the Chairman of the Committee till 21st October, 2022.

This Committee, constituted in terms of Rule 7 of the Rules of the High Court of Orissa, 1948, considers proposals to annul, alter or add or to make new Rules for the High Court of Orissa.

In 2022, the Committee recommended amendments to various existing Rules and Schemes. Significant among the suggested amendments are the amendments in the Code of Criminal Procedure and the G.R.C.O. (Criminal) on the manner of recording of evidence in criminal trials pursuant to the judgment of the Supreme Court of India in Suo Motu Writ (Crl) No. 1/2017.

The other important recommendations include amendment of the High Court of Orissa (Appointment of Staff and Conditions of Service) Rules, 2019 for introducing relaxation of certain criteria for promotion of the High Court employees, amendment of the Scheme for appointment of Research Assistants, amendment of the G.R.C.O. (Civil) introducing the change of nomenclature of certain ministerial posts in District Courts, amendment of the Orissa High Court Right to Information Rules, 2005 for declaring the Chief Administrative Officers of District Courts as the State Public Information Officers and the senior most judicial officers as the First Appellate Authorities of the respective areas.

A list of the recommendations of the Committee is at Appendix-B.

Building Committee for Subordinate Courts

Chairman

Dr. Justice B. R. Sarangi

Members

Justice R. K. Pattanaik

Justice B. P. Satapathy

Justice G. Satapathy

During 2022, Justice K. R. Mohapatra and Dr. Justice S. K. Panigrahi were the members of the Committee till 20th June, 2022 and 26th October, 2022 respectively.

This Committee deals with matters relating to buildings and infrastructure of Subordinate Courts of the State. Besides, it deals with (a) Setting up of Commercial Courts, Commercial Division & Commercial Appellate Division, (b) Disposal of NDPS cases and (c) Progress of cases under the PC & PNDT Act. The Committee finalizes the Annual Action Plans under the State Sector Schemes and the Centrally Sponsored Schemes keeping in view the requirement of new Court Buildings and residential quarters for Judicial Officers and staff. The Committee also monitors the progress of the ongoing projects and procurement of suitable sites by different Judgeships for construction of new Court Buildings, residential quarters for Judicial Officers and staff.

During 2022, construction of 5 Court buildings i.e. the Court complex at Bhapur in Nayagarh District, the Court building of Gram Nyayalaya, Bhograi in Balasore District, the Court building of Gram Nyayalaya, Ghasipur in Keonjhar District, the Court building of J.M.F.C. and Gram Nyayalaya, Dhamnagar in Bhadrak District and the Court building of Civil Judgecum-J.M.F.C., Chandbali in Bhadrak District were inaugurated. In the Court complex at Bhapur, a Transit House has also been opened. The list of completed Court buildings is at Appendix-C.

Apart from the above, construction of 4 B-type quarters, 2 B-1 type quarters, 6 C-type quarters, 4 D-type quarters for judicial officers were completed during the year in addition to 60 E-type quarters and 16 F-type quarters for District Court employees at Nayagrah and Bolangir. The list of completed residential quarters is at Appendix-D.

Besides, new projects such as 3 District Court buildings, 5 Civil Court buildings, 3 Transit Houses, 1 Bar Association Hall with Amenity Centre, 2 canteen-cum-Bar Association Halls within the Court complexes, 1 Record Roomcum-Malkhana in District Court building and 1 complex of 32 F-type staff quarters have been undertaken and foundation stones have been laid. The list of new projects undertaken is at Appendix-E.

In order to make the Court Rooms litigantfriendly and witness-friendly and bring uniformity in the shape, size and structure of the Court Halls in the District Judiciary throughout the State, the Building Committee for Sub-ordinate Courts have approved the plan and drawing, specification, design, colour of veneer of the Court Dais, Witness Box and Accused Dock implemented in the Court room of the Court of District and Session Judge, Kendrapara as the Model Plan. Further, the committee in the month of July, 2022 have directed all the Executing Agencies as well as the District Judges of the State to implement the same in all the Court rooms of the ongoing projects as well as the proposed new projects of the District Judiciary.

In order to address the long standing parking problem in and around the Civil Courts Building, Bhubaneswar and to ensure proper and adequate parking for all the stakeholders such as advocates, advocate clerks, Government officials, litigants, Court employees etc. in the ongoing Judicial Court Complex at Bhubaneswar, the Building Committee for District Courts under the guidance of the Chief Justice has recommended the State Government for construction of multi-level basement parking therein. Accordingly, the State Government approved the said proposal while according Revised administrative approval to the project “Construction of Judicial Court Complex at Bhubaneswar” including the multi-level basement parking at an estimated cost of Rs. 158,71,27,500/- (Rupees One Fifty-Eight Crore Seventy-One Lakh Twenty-Seven Thousand and Five Hundred). Such project of multi-level parking has been designed with all modern facilities including vehicle ramps, staircase, lifts etc., which can accommodate parking of 439 four-wheelers and 475 of two-wheelers.

The upkeep and maintenance of the court buildings at District headquarters and outlying stations was a major concern for the District Judiciary because of inadequacy of staff and resources. It was decided to authorize the District Judges to engage agencies on outsourcing basis for the purpose. On the recommendation of the Committee, the State Government accorded concurrence and made provided funds. Modalities for engagement of agencies were circulated among the District Judges. Accordingly, upkeep, cleaning, maintenance and electrical services in all the court complexes of the State have been outsourced by the respective District Judges to private agencies with effect from 1st August, 2022. Consequently, the maintenance and cleanliness in the court complexes of the State has remarkably improved.

Departmental Promotion Committee for the staff of the High Court (other than Group-D)

Chairman

Dr. Justice B. R. Sarangi

Members

Dr. Justice S. K. Panigrahi

Justice R. K. Pattanaik

Justice Chittaranjan Dash

This Committee deals with promotion of the employees of the High Court other than the Group-D employees. Besides, it deals with recruitment of Assistant Section Officers (ASOs) in the High Court and all other recruitments except for which other Committees are constituted. It also deals with matters relating to Court Managers.

In 2022, the Committee took up promotion of various cadres and 108 employees were promoted to different cadres as indicated in Appendix-F. In comparison, 86 employees were promoted in 2017, 45 employees in 2018, 49 employees in 2019, 62 employees in 2020 and 72 employees in 2021.

The Committee initiated and completed the recruitment of Junior Stenographers in two phases. In the first phase 22 posts were advertised and 1012 applications were received. Out of them, 771 candidates appeared for the English test and 186 candidates qualified. 181 candidates appeared for the Computer Application Test and 114 candidates qualified. 112 candidates appeared in the skill test in stenography. Out of them 8 candidates finally qualified.

Likewise, 22 posts were advertised in the second phase and 707 applications were received. Out of them, 534 candidates appeared for the English test and 141 candidates qualified. 119 candidates appeared for the Computer Application test and all of them qualified. 117 candidates appeared in the skill test in stenography. Out of them 7 candidates finally qualified.

The Committee took up selection for appointment as Court Managers from amongst the 31 Court Managers earlier appointed on contractual basis. In the suitability tests held in two phases, 11 candidates were selected and appointed.

The Committee also took up selection of the Law Reporter. 9 applications were received for the post of Law Reporter and 1 candidate was selected.

Examination Committee

Chairman

Dr. Justice B. R. Sarangi

Members

Justice K. R. Mohapatra

Justice B. P. Routray

Justice R. K. Pattanaik

Justice V. Narasingh

Justice D. Dash was the member of the Committee till 20th June, 2022.

This Committee deals with examination for recruitment of Officers in the cadre of District Judge by way of direct recruitment from the Bar and the Limited Competitive Examination. Consequent upon directions of the Supreme Court of India in Malik Mazhar Sultan v. U.P. Public Service Commission (C.A.No.1867/2006) an Examination Cell has been constituted and is functioning from 17th August, 2021 onwards, under the supervision of Registrar (Examination), a Senior Judicial Officer in the cadre of District Judge who has been brought to the High Court on deputation. One Superintendent with two ASOs and one Class-IV staff are working in the Cell. Other recruitment examinations are also entrusted by the Chief Justice to the Cell from time to time.

For 19 vacancies of 2021 to be filled up in the cadre of District Judge by way of direct recruitment from the Bar, 410 applications were received pursuant to the advertisement issued on 1st February, 2022. Of these 216 candidates appeared in the written test held on 3rd April, 2022 and only 4 candidates qualified for the viva voce held on 13th May, 2022. Out of the 4 candidates, only 1 could qualify in the viva voce test and was appointed.

For 19 vacancies of 2020 to be filled up in the cadre of District Judge by way of Limited Competitive Examination, 68 applications were received. Of these 20 candidates appeared in the written test and 10 candidates qualified for the viva voce held on 12th May, 2022. Out of the 10 candidates, only 5 candidates could qualify in the viva voce test and were appointed.

Disposal Review Committee

Chairman

Justice Arindam Sinha

Members

Justice B. Rath

Justice S. K. Sahoo

Justice M. S. Sahoo

Justice S. K. Mishra

Justice G. Satapathy

During 2022, Justice S. Pujahari and Justice A. K. Mohapatra were the members of the Committee till 23rd September, 2022 and 20th June, 2022 respectively.

This Committee has been constituted to come up with plausible case management and court management measures to tackle the issue of heavy pendency of cases in the District Courts. It also takes into account the relevant resolutions passed in this context by the Chief Justice’s conference as well as the ‘Arrear Eradication Scheme’ suggested in the report of the Malimath Committee. The suggestions of this Committee are conveyed to the Judges of the High Court as well as the District Courts.

The percentage of disposal in comparison to previous year and the case clearance rate in both High Court and the District Courts have gone up in 2022. While the High Court recorded an increase of 29.86% disposal in 2022 in comparison to the previous year, the District Judiciary recorded an increase of 116.01%. Similarly, in 2022 the case clearance rate in High Court has increased to 130.94% and that in the District Judiciary has increased to 93.20%.

Disposal statistics of High Court for last 5 years

Disposal statistics of District Judiciary for last 5 years

Committee for Family Court Matters

Chairman

Justice Arindam Sinha

Members

Justice S. Ratho

Justice V. Narasingh

Justice M. S. Raman

Justice S. K. Mishra

During 2022, Justice S. Pujahari and Justice M.S. Sahoo were the members of the Committee till 23rd September, 2022 and 26th October, 2022 respectively.

This Committee was constituted in view of the directions issued by the Supreme Court of India, in a letter dated 9th June, 2016. The Registrar (Administration) is the Convenor of the Committee. A database of the cases pending in the Family Courts has been prepared under the supervision of this Committee.

This Committee oversees the various steps involved in the filling up of the vacancies in the posts of counselors in the Family Courts. An expert is associated in the interviews conducted of the shortlisted candidates by the Committee. The Select lists as recommended by the Committee are placed before the High Court for approval.

Mediation Monitoring Committee

Chairman

Justice Arindam Sinha

Members

Justice B. Rath

Justice K. R. Mohapatra

Justice S. Ratho

Justice M. S. Sahoo

Justice C. R. Dash and Justice S. Talapatra were the Chairmen of the Committee till 20th June, 2022 and 26th June, 2022 respectively. Justice Arindam Sinha and Justice B. P. Routray were the members of the Committee till 20th June, 2022 and Justice S. K. Sahoo and Justice D. Dash were the members of the Committee till 26th June, 2022.

This Committee oversees the functioning of the High Court of Orissa Mediation Centre which was inaugurated on 3rd January, 2015 which has been catering to the needs of the litigating parties by bringing about settlement between them. As of date, 62 trained mediators have been empanelled.

A whole range of issues including family disputes, commercial matters, civil and criminal both in pending cases and at the prelitigation stage are referred to the Mediation Center. The services of Child Psychologist are also enlisted in select cases. Four wellequipped ICT-enabled mediation rooms have been made available for this purpose at a newly inaugurated state-of-the-art mediation Center.

In the year 2022, 187 mediation proceedings were registered, of which 146 proceedings were disposed of and 41 proceedings were pending at the end of the year. Out of the disposed of proceedings, in 37 proceedings mediation was successful and in 109 proceedings it was unsuccessful.

During the year 36 pre-litigation mediation proceedings were registered, out of which 17 were disposed of. At the end of the year, 19 such proceedings were pending. Out of the 17 disposed of cases, in 6 mediation was successful and in 4 mediation was unsuccessful.

Arbitration Committee

Chairman

Justice D. Dash

Members

Justice S. K. Sahoo, Justice K. R. Mohapatra, Mr. A. K. Parija, Advocate General, Odisha

Mr. P. K. Padhi, Deputy Solicitor General of India for the High Court of Orissa

Mr. K. P. Mishra, President High Court Bar Association, Cuttack

Mr. Soumyak Patra, Coordinator, Arbitration Centre (Ex-Officio Member)

During 2022, Justice C. R. Dash and Justice S. Talapatra were the Chairmen of the Committee till 20th June, 2022 and 26th October, 2022 respectively and Justice Arindam Sinha was a member of the Committee till 20th June, 2022. Mr. J. Sahoo, Senior Advocate in his capacity as President of the High Court Bar association was a member of this Committee till 31st March, 2022.

This Committee oversees the functioning of the High Court of Orissa Arbitration Centre. It has on its panel of arbitrators, former Judges of the Supreme Court of India and the High Courts, former District Judges, Senior Advocates, Advocates, retired Chief Engineers and retired Bureaucrats. It has its own set of rules and a fee structure. Apart from cases referred to it by the High Court of Orissa and the District Courts under the Arbitration and Conciliation Act 1996, parties by mutual agreement can have their disputes resolved through arbitration at the Centre.

At the end of 2021, 150 arbitration cases were pending at the Centre. In 2022, 76 Arbitration cases were registered out of which 28 were either disposed of, dropped or terminated. During 2022, 35 awards were pronounced. At the end of the year, 198 cases were pending.

Juvenile Justice Committee

Chairman

Justice D. Dash

Members

Justice S. K. Sahoo

Justice S. Ratho

Justice A. K. Mohapatra

Justice M. S. Raman

This Committee was constituted in 2013 pursuant to the resolution adopted by the Chief Justices’ Conference. The mandate of this Committee is to review and monitor the functioning of all juvenile justice institutions which would include the Juvenile Justice Boards (JJBs) and the Child Welfare Committees (CWCs) constituted under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of the Children) Act, 2015. The Committee has been overseeing the efforts at reducing the pendency of cases before the JJBs and the CWCs. This Committee is convened by its Secretary who is a District Judge cadre judicial officer brought on deputation to the High Court.

The Committee periodically convenes the meetings of all stakeholders. As per decision of the Committee, a one and half day Regional Consultation was held on 23rd April, 2022 in collaboration with Women and Child Development Department, Government of Odisha and the UNICEF under the aegis of the High Court of Orissa in the auditorium of the Odisha Judicial Academy.

RRDC and High Court Museum Committee

Chairman

Justice D. Dash

Members

Dr. Justice S. K. Panigrahi

Justice M. S. Sahoo

Justice Sashikanta Mishra

Justice B. P. Satapathy

Justice S. K. Mishra

This Committee deals with matters relating to the Record Room Digitisation Centre (RRDC), digitisation, preservation and destruction of records of disposed of cases in the High Court and the District Courts. At present, the Committee is overseeing the functioning of the RRDC, the 4 District Court Digitization Centres (DCDCs) and the 10 District Court Digitization Hubs. It also oversees the functioning of the Centre for Judicial Archives and the High Court Museum.

The Committee undertook selection of Law Consultant and History Consultant for the Centre for Judicial Archives. 1 candidate was selected for the post of Law Consultant but no suitable candidate was found for the post of History Consultant. Process of selection for the post of History Consultant is underway.

The Committee also took up the recruitment of Law Researchers (Law & History). 2 posts for the posts for Law Researchers (Law) and 2 posts for Law Researchers (History) were advertised, for which 55 applications and 6 applications respectively were received. Of these, 37 applications and 4 applications respectively were found valid. However, 32 candidates appeared for the posts of Law Researcher (Law) and 4 candidates for the posts of Law Researcher (History) and out of them, 11 candidates and 1 candidate respectively qualified in the written tests. All of them appeared in the Viva Voce test and out of them, 2 candidates for the post of Law Researcher (Law) and 1 candidate for the post of Law Researcher (History) were finally selected. However, the candidates selected for the post of Law Researcher (History) did not join and fresh selection process is underway.

State Court Management System (SCMS) Committee

Chairman

Justice B. Rath

Members

M. S. Sahoo

Justice Sashikanta Mishra

Justice B. P. Satapathy Registrar General Registrar (Administration), Principal Secretary Law Department, Government of Odisha District and Sessions Judge, Cuttack

During 2022, Justice S. Pujahari was the Chairman of the Committee till 20th June, 2022. This Committee was constituted in terms of the resolution adopted in the Chief Justices’ Conference held in April, 2013. The mandate of this Committee is to oversee the implementation of the National plan for enhancing the quality, responsiveness and timeliness (QRT) of Courts of Orissa on uniform basis and to provide inputs and suggestions to the National Court Management System (NCMS) Committee for the formulation and effective implementation of the national plan. This Committee is convened by its Secretary who is a District Judge cadre judicial officer brought on deputation to the High Court. The Committee issued directions regarding uploading data relating to ‘Average Time taken for disposal of cases’ by the High Court in the portal developed by the Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India for the years 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Rules Committee under Section 123 C.P.C.

Chairman

Justice B. Rath

Members

Justice Sashikanta Mishra

Justice A. K. Mohapatra

Shri Goutam Misra Senior Advocate

Ms. Pami Rath, Advocate District and Sessions Judge, Cuttack

During 2022, Justice S. Pujahari was the Chairman and Justice K. R. Mohapatra was a member of the Committee till 20th June, 2022.

This Committee considers proposals to annul, alter or add to the Rules in the First Schedule of the CPC or to make new Rules. The Committee submits its recommendations in the form of a report to the High Court.

Pursuant to the judgment dated 22nd April, 2021 of the Supreme Court of India in Rahul S Shah v. Jinendra Kumar Gandhi and batch of cases, Civil Appeal Nos.1659-1660 of 2021, the Committee recommended significant amendments in the relevant provisions of the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 to facilitate expeditious execution of decrees in respect of immovable properties. Relevant information is at Appendix-B.

High Court Library Committee

Chairman

Justice S. K. Sahoo

Members

Justice K. R. Mohapatra

Justice M. S. Sahoo

Justice V. Narasingh

Justice S. K. Mishra

During 2022, Justice Arindam Sinha and Justice B. Mohanty were the Chairpersons of the Committee till 20th June, 2022 and 21st October, 2022 respectively. Justice Sashikanta Mishra and Justice B. Rath were the Members of the Committee till 20th June, 2022 and 26th October, 2022 respectively.

This Committee oversees the functioning of the Judges’ Library in the High Court. It may also deal with the stocking of the books in the libraries for the District Courts. In 2022, students pursuing Masters Degree in Library and Information Science assisted in the reorganizing of the books in the High Court Judges Library.

Distribution of law books and additional copies of law journals continued in 2022 like the previous year. In 2022, law books were distributed to 2 newly opened Courts of Civil Judges-cum-JMFC. Additional copies of the law journals available in the Judges’ library were distributed among 11 District Courts. As per the recommendation of the Committee, SCC Online journal was supplied to every judicial officer in the state. On the recommendation of the Committee, e-libraries for the Bar were opened in every one of the 30 District Court headquarters and two outlying stations at Koraput and Rourkela. A separate set of instructions to the District Judges was drawn up for operation of the e-Libraries Appendix-G.

VWDC Committee

Chairman

Justice S. K. Sahoo

Members

Justice B. P. Routray

Justice R. K. Pattanaik

This Committee was formed as per the judgment dated 11th January, 2022 of the Supreme Court of India in Smruti Tukaram Badade v. State of Maharashtra in Miscellaneous Application No. 1852 of 2019 in Criminal Appeal No. 1101 of 2019 (2022 SCC Online SC 78). In compliance with the directions in the said judgment, the High Court of Orissa Vulnerable Witnesses Deposition Centres (VWDC) Scheme, 2022 (Appendix-H) was formulated by the High Court of Orissa which came into force with effect from 9th March, 2022. This Committee supervises and implements the directions of the Supreme Court in this regard and the matters connected therewith. In 2022, 28 VWDCs were set up, one in each District Court.

Annual Report Committee

Chairman

Justice K. R. Mohapatra

Members

Justice B. P. Routray

Justice Sashikanta Mishra

Justice Chittaranjan Dash

This Committee monitors the work relating to the publication of the Annual Report. Two sub committees have been formed to assist the Committee, one for collection, collation and synchronization of data, having the Member Secretary, Odisha State Legal Services Authority, Registrar (Inspection), Registrar (Judicial) and the Special Officer (Special Cell) as its members and the other for designing, editing and printing of the report, having the Director, Odisha Judicial Academy, Coordinator, High Court of Orissa Arbitration Centre, Registrar (Records) and the Central Project Coordinator as its members. The Annual Report of the High Court for the year 2021 was published under the supervision of the Committee.

Purchase Committee

Chairman

Justice B.P. Routray

Members

Justice S. Ratho

Justice A. K. Mohapatra

Justice B. P. Satapathy

Justice M. S. Raman

Justice Chittaranjan Dash

During 2022, Justice C.R. Dash was the Chairman of the Committee till 20th June, 2022. Then Justice S. Pujahari took over as the Chairman of the Committee and continued as such till 23rd September, 2022. Justice B. P Routray was a member of the Committee till 20th June, 2022.

This Committee deals with matters relating to purchase of articles for the Court’s Establishment in accordance with the prevailing Rules and Circulars of the Finance Department of the State Government. Besides, it also deals with matters relating to disposal of movable assets of the High Court. Apart from the routine purchases for the Court, the major activity of the Committee in 2022 has been introduction, selection and procurement of uniforms for different cadres of employees of the High Court as per the newly introduced dress code. Besides, the Committee decided to distribute good quality iron racks phased out from the High Court after modernization among the District Courts to meet their requirements.

RCM Committee

Chairman

Dr. Justice S. K. Panigrahi

Members

Justice B. P. Satapathy

Justice M. S. Raman

Justice S. K. Mishra

During 2022, Justice B. P Routray was the Chairman of the Committee till 20th June, 2022.

The Committee deals with matters relating to reimbursement claims of medical expenses of sitting and former judges and employees of the High Court.

A total of Rs.1,23,70,000/- was reimbursed to the sitting and former judges and the employees against their reimbursement claims from 1st January, 2022 to 31st December, 2022.

Internal Complaints Committee

Presiding Officer

Miss Justice S. Ratho

Members

Saswata Patnaik, Advocate Mr. Badrinarayana Nanda, In-charge Director Odisha Judicial Academy

Sangyansubala Bhuyan, Assistant Registrar (Judicial)

During 2022, Shri Gouri Shankar Satapathy (as he then was) and Smt. Nibedita Mishra, ASR & OC were members of the Committee till 12th August, and 26th October, 2022 respectively

This Committee has been constituted under Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013. In the year 2022, no complaint was received. At present, no complaint is pending.

Committee to consider all promotional matters from Group-D cadre to the entry level Group-C Cadre

Members

Registrar (Vigilance)

Registrar (Inspection)

This Committee deals with matters relating to promotion of Group-D employees to the entry-level Group-C posts i.e., Treasury Sarkar, Jamadar, Duftary, Attender, Cookcum-Caretaker and Mali-cum-Chowkidar. In the year 2022, the cases of 75 Group-D employees were considered and 35 employees got promoted to the aforesaid entry-level Group-C posts.