Current Affairs


  1.  Rapped by the Supreme Court for delaying judicial appointments, the government has said that it has increased the sanctioned strength of High Court judges from 906 to 1,079 and insisted that there has been no abnormal increase in the vacancies in the high courts.
  2. The average annual rate of appointment of judges in the High Courts has not declined during the last two years, though no new appointments were made during April-December 2015 due to hearing of the NJAC matter.
  3.  It is being presented in the media that the number of vacancies of judges in the High Courts has increased abnormally in recent times. However, an analysis of data for the last 10 years indicates that there is no such abnormal increase.
  4.  During the last 10 years, the number of vacancies has varied from 265 to 280.
  5.  Working strength of judges in high courts has remained almost the same, around 600. Presently, it is 620
  6. 173 new posts of judges were created in last two years. This has added to the vacancies in the High Courts. During the period 2009-2014, only 20 new posts of High Court judges had been created, whereas during 2015 and 2016, 173 new posts were created.
  7. 18 additional judges have been given extension and four judges to the apex court were also appointed. Besides, 33 judges of High Courts have also been transferred.