Shimla: Chief Justice of India Justice Tirath Singh Thakur on Friday expressed concern over the pendency of cases in the High Courts across the country and said it is a national challenge for the judiciary to clear the backlog of cases at the earliest.
He said 80 per cent of backlog pending is mostly in eight states, including Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka etc. “The burden of backlog is much in these states and it brings entire judicial system to somewhat at halt,” he said, while addressing the gathering after inaugurating the Hostel block of HP Judicial Legal academy at Ghandal in Shimla.
He referred to need of filling up of vacancies in the High Courts, which, he said, hamper work. The CJO, however, said the pendency of cases, he said, is an inexorable process as the studies show that instance of cases is directly related to literacy and prosperity. “People now are quite literate and conscious of their rights. Due to high rate of literacy the people seek shelter of the courts even for their petty grievances,” he remarked.
Justice Thakur praised clearance of backlog in states of Himachal and Kerala and said that the reason being here was that the number of vacancies in courts is quite less. “The pendency in the HP High Court has reduced by 50 per cent which is commendable performance and I have heard of such reduction in other High courts.”
Quoting example of State High Court, he said that against sanctioned strength of 13 judges, just two posts are vacant, which helps in speedy delivery of justice. “I have been informed there were 33,240 disposal pending cases in HP High Court and as much as 2,51,325 cases in sub-ordinate courts against total pendency of 59133 cases in 2013.
The total pendency on July 31 was 30509, thereby bringing about 50 percent reduction in pendency. Justice Thakur said the aim and objectives of the legal academies should not only be restricted to a impart training to judicial officers, but also to other stake holders exercising quasi-judicial functions, law students and the public.
Justice Thakur said to overcome the issue the state academies need to maintain liaison with National Judicial academy to chalk out the curriculum of the courses throughout the year with purpose of training so that the state academies don’t remain un- utilised or ideal.
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