The Gujarat government has decided to open four more night courts in the state after the success of such courts in Ahmedabad and Rajkot.
In the last fortnight, the night courts in the two cities have, so far, disposed of some 6,200 petty cases. Ahmedabad rural court disposed of 2,515 cases while the metro courts disposed of 3,729 cases.
Gujarat High Court registrar general Pradeep Bhatt said the success of night courts in Ahmedabad and Rajkot prompted them to open the same in Bhavnagar, Surat, Mehsana and Jamnagar.
The government is to open four night courts in Surat and two in Bhavnagar, given the high number of pending cases there. Bhatt added that 'experimental' night courts at the taluka level at Idar in Sabarkantha and Mahuva in Bhavnagar are also to be opened.
There are nearly 32 lakh pending cases in Gujarat's lower courts of which 11 lakh deal with petty offences. Till November 29, the night courts — the first of which started functioning in the state from November 14 — had disposed of 6,392 cases.
The Gujarat High Court has also asked principal judges of all the districts to explore the possibility of starting night courts. Night courts function for an additional two hours from 6.15 pm.