Current Affairs


  • As Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur yet again accused the government of delay in filling the 442 judicial vacancies in the High Courts, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad parried the thrust on Constitution Day by throwing the spotlight on the judiciary’s “lapse” in appointing judges to the district and subordinate courts, which need 10 times more judges.
  • The government’s counter to the Supreme Court’s consistently sharp criticism is a pertinent question: why is the judiciary not filling the 4,937 judicial vacancies in the district and subordinate courts all over the country?
  • The total sanctioned strength of judicial officers in district and subordinate courts is 21,320 as on June 30, 2016. Of these, 16,383 have been filled, leaving 4,937 vacancies.
  • National Judicial Data Grid shows that as on November 27, the pendency in district courts is 2,30,02468 cases. 10 % of this are cases pending over 10 years.
  • Annual reports released by the judiciary show that a trial court takes anything between 94 and 822 days to dispose of criminal matters. A sessions case takes an average of one year and two months.
  • Judicial statistics show that 63 per cent of jail inmates awaiting justice, or even a court hearing, are undertrial prisoners.
  • While reminding that the disposal of cases in courts is within the domain of judiciary, the Centre said it was the job of the High Courts and the State governments to fill he judicial posts.
  • But, even if all vacancies are filled, lack of basic infrastructure, even courtrooms, for the new judicial officers would be a serious handicap.