Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
New Delhi – India’s subordinate courts have a backlog of over 22 million cases while the 21 high courts and the Supreme Court have 3.5 million and 32,000 pending cases respectively, official data released Wednesday showed.
A statement of the ministry of law and justice also revealed that there were 13 judges for every million people.
‘The central government has been trying to fill in the vacancies in high courts expeditiously. It has requested the states to appoint judges and magistrates in adequate numbers for a speedy disposal of pending cases,’ said the statement.
It added that the ministry had impressed upon the states to encourage litigants to seek alternate methods of redressal of their grievances to unburden the subordinate judiciary.
The ministry also suggested them to ‘digitise the courts to cut short the delays in disposal of cases’.