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Strong Government: 35% Judges’ Posts Vacant as Almost 50 Lakh Cases Lie Pending in High Courts

Over 11 lakh cases have been pending for more than ten years.

Almost 50 Lakh cases are lying pending in various high courts of India, and over 22 per cent of these cases are over 10 years old, the Ministry of Law and Justice told the Parliament on December 21, 2018.

Responding to a question asked by Rajya Sabha MP N. Gokulakrishan, the Minister of State for Law, Justice and Corporate Affairs P.P. Chaudhary said, “49.74 lakh cases are pending in High Courts as on 17th December, 2018 out of which 11.05 lakh cases (22.23%) are pending for more than ten years.”

The minister also confessed that 384 posts of Judges were lying vacant as on December 17, 2018. The total approved strength of judges in all high courts is 1079. Hence, the vacancies represent over 35 per cent of the posts.

More than half of the posts in the High Court of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are vacant, as per the information given by the minister. Out of a sanctioned strength of 61 posts, 34 were lying vacant as on December 17, 2018. Rajasthan High Court had 25 out of 50 posts vacant.

Similarly, Karnataka High Court had 29 out of the 62 approved posts vacant. Other High Courts with a high proportion of vacancies are Gujarat High Court (23 out of 52), Calcutta High Court (23 out of 94) and Delhi High Court (21 out of 60). 

Vacancies in various high courts as on December 17, 2018.

While every effort is made to fill up the existing vacancies expeditiously, vacancies in High Courts keep on arising on account of retirement, resignation or elevation of Judges (to the Supreme Court) and also due to increase in the strength of Judges,” said Chaudhary. 

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