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  • 01 January, 1970

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Vacancies in Judiciary

Vacancies in Judiciary

  • Over 60% of the sanctioned strength of judges was vacant at Patna High Court.
  • High Courts with highest vacancy was in Patna(60%) > Calcutta(55.6%) > RJ(54%) > MP(49.1%) > (48.6%).
  • High courts with lowest vacancy MN(0%) > ML(0%) > SK(0%) > KR(14.9%) > Guwahati(16.7%).

  • Huge workload: Judges in high courts hear between 20 and 150 cases every day, or an average of 70 hearings daily. The average time that the judges have for each hearing could be as little as 2 minutes.
  • A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has pulled up State governments and the administration of various High Courts for the delay in filling these vacancies.
  • Answers provided in the Rajya Sabha reveal 2018, nearly a quarter of the total number of posts in the subordinate courts remained vacant.
  • The State-wise figures are quite alarming, with Uttar Pradesh having a vacancy of 42.18% and Bihar 37.23%. Among the smaller States, Meghalaya has a vacancy level of 59.79%.
  • Law Commission in 1987, had recommended that India should raise the number of judges to 50 for every million population

Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

A whooping 3 crore cases are pending at different courts in India. Over 21 lakh cases are at least 10 years old.

Pending Cases in Subordinate Courts are abou 2.76 crore, while in high courts there are 43 lakh and supreme court there are 54000.

No. of Judges per Million Population: US-107, UK-51 and India-17 judges.

Two Law Commissions Reports, at gap of 27 years, recommend raising judge population ratio to 50 judges per million population.

Vacancies in terms of percentage of sanctioned strength:19% in Supreme Court, 44% in High Courts and 23% in Sub-ordinate judiciary are vacant.

Source: TH

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