Kathmandu, Jan. 8 – President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav Thursday said that he would make efforts to keep the independence of judiciary intact.

He said this while receiving the Annual Report of the Supreme Court-2064/065 presented by Chief Justice Kedar Prasad Giri.

SC and Office of the President had an important role in protecting the Constitution, he said.

President Yadav underscored the need for developing an effective information sharing mechanism between the two institutions—the SC and Office of the President.

Chief Justice Giri said that the judiciary was functioning in keeping with the changed context of the nation and it was functioning well despite various problems.

As per the highlights of the report, a total of 44,418 out of 1,02,651 cases filed at different courts and tribunals were settled during the one-year period.

The courts recovered Rs. 21,43,22,876 in fines and penalties.

The expected outcomes could not be gained in the field of case settlement because of the security situation, lack of proper human resources and the Constituent Assembly elections in April 2008, the report stated.

Different kinds of strikes held in different places directly affected the court procedures including summons, land measurement, implementation of the court verdict, punishment and others, the report stated.

Moreover, the movement in different districts of eastern and mid-terai, where the percentage of cases were high, was badly affected because of the unfavorable security situation, the report said.