Lawyers’ clerks in all district courts in the city may soon get identity cards and access to a welfare fund as the Delhi High Court Wednesday asked its registrar general to meet the district and sessions judge and chalk out a scheme for the purpose.
Disposing of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a group of clerks through their association, the division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Reva Khetrapal constituted a committee and directed the registrar to convene a meeting to formulate a policy within three weeks.
The committee would comprise Additional Solicitor General and Delhi High Court Bar Association chief A.S. Chandhiok, Delhi government standing counsel (civil) Najmi Waziri and the president and secretary of the District Court Bar Clerks Welfare Association.
The bench directed the committee to find out a mechanism to create a welfare fund for clerks, arrange proper space for them to sit in court campuses and to issue identity cards for them.
According to the petitioners, the high court and the Supreme Court provide several facilities to clerks but nothing had been done for clerks in lower courts.