Fill vacancies in the court, pending jobs will be eliminated

NEW DELHI: When analyzing the accumulation of cases in the courts, the Economic Study for 2019-20 has observed that simply increasing efficiency and filling vacancies, 100% of the elimination of cases can be achieved and that would help to facilitate the Business in India and Consequently, boost GDP growth.

The survey noted that pending cases of 3.5 million years in courts across India can be resolved in five years with the appointment of additional judges: 10,431 in district and subordinate courts, 454 in the higher courts and six in the Court Supreme cut .

Delays in the execution of contracts and the resolution of the elimination are possibly the biggest obstacle to the ease of doing business in India and the higher GDP growth. About 87.5% of the pending cases are in the district and subordinate courts, the Survey said. ABOVE, Bihar , Odisha and WB needs special attention, he said.

There are currently 17,891 judges in district and subordinate courts against a sanctioned force of 22,750. On average, a judge has 746 cases. To reach 100% of the elimination, the lower courts needed 2,279 additional judges. This is within the sanctioned force, and to eliminate all delays in the next five years, more than 8,152 judges are needed, the survey said.

As of June 2017, HC judges were working at 62% of the sanctioned force. With a case resolution rate of 88%, each judge achieved an average elimination rate of 2,348 cases per year. The delay as of June 2018 was 44.40 lakh. To reach 100% of the cleanup of cases, they only need 93 additional judges, he said.

In May 2019, the SC appointed three judges who increased their number to the total sanctioned force of 31. To eliminate the backlog (of 56,320 cases), the apex court must increase its force sanctioned by six judges, he said.

The study found that Odisha, Bihar, west of Bengal , Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat has higher average pendency for civil and criminal cases compared to national averages, while Punjab and Delhi have the lowest average pendency of cases. It may not be a coincidence that poorer-performing states are also the poorest, he said.