Best Performing Districts

The work of the district and subordinate courts in Odisha is supervised by the High Court through its Judges in their capacity as the Administrative Judges of their respective districts as allocated by the Chief Justice. The High Court also has Committees monitoring various aspects of the functioning of the district and subordinate Courts.

It was therefore, felt necessary to evaluate the performance of the District Courts on various aspects like their judicial work, administrative capabilities and infrastructural management. Such a system of evaluation would encourage the Judicial officers to give their best, in whatever capacity and position they are working in. It was felt necessary to incentivise the officers by acknowledging the efforts put in by them for betterment of the system.

In this backdrop, the High Court formulated a scheme to assess the performance of the District Courts and discern the best performing districts. All the judgeships across the State were classified into three categories;

Judgeships with more than 30 officers (Zone-A)

Judgeships between 20 to 30 officers (Zone-B)

Judgeships with less than 20 officers (Zone-C)

The table below depicts the zone-wise classification of the districts:

Certain parameters were devised to assess the performance of the districts. Those parameters were divided into three categories, viz. Judicial, Administrative and Infrastructural. The details of the parameters and the Scheme are at Appendix-P. The evaluation was done on the basis of the information received from the District Judges, the reports of the concerned Administrative Judges and the Registry of the High Court. The evaluation sheets were collated and tabulated by the Annual Report Committee.

On completion of the exercise Bolangir, Nayagrah and Deogarh were found to be the best performing Districts in Zone ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ respectively.

The District and Sessions Judge and Judicial Officers of Balangir Judgeship Best Performing District in Zone ‘A’

The District and Sessions Judge and Judicial Officers of Nayagarh Judgeship Best Performing District in Zone ‘B’

The District and Sessions Judge and Judicial Officers of Deogarh Judgeship Best Performing District in Zone ‘C’