The President Ram Nath Kovind issued order today establishing a circuit bench of the Calcutta High Court in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal.
The order titled Calcutta High Court (establishment of Circuit Bench At Jalpaiguri) Order 2019 was issued by the President in consultation with the Governor of West Bengal and the Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court. It will come into existence from February 7.
Such judges of the High Court, as decided by the Chief Justice from time to time, will sit as single and division benches at the circuit bench.The bench will exercise jurisdiction and powers of the High Court in respect of cases arising in the districts of Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Kalimpong and Cooch Behar.
The decision to set up the circuit bench in north Bengal was taken in a full court meeting of the high court in 1988. The Union cabinet had also approved the move in June 2006.
A team of judges visited the proposed site in Jalpaiguri last August to assess the progress in the infrastructure, a statement issued by the Law Ministry said today.
Any circuit bench is for particular territories which are far flung, but do not have too many matters to justify a full-fledged permanent bench.
Source – https://www.livelaw.in/