3.2 cr cases pending in HCs, lower courts …… (TOI)0
The government on Monday said around 3.2 crore cases were pending in high courts and subordinate courts across the country while 56,383 cases were pending in the Supreme Court.
It also said 74% of the total 3.2 crore cases were less than five years old. Similarly, 20,334 out of the 56,383 pending cases in the apex court were less than one year old.
Replying to a question in Rajya Sabha, law minister Salman Khurshid said government was working towards reducing the pendency. He said government had launched a National Mission aimed at harnessing Information Communication Technology for disposal of cases.
Khurshid also said a National Arrears Grid had been set up to manage courts better, adding that pendency could also be reduced by increasing the period for which judges sit, allowing morning and evening shifts in courts, using Gram Nyayalayas and using alternative dispute resolution.
Khurshid also talked of fast track courts and how government had transferred 39.23 lakh cases, adding that 32.99 lakh cases had already been disposed of.
He said while the time taken in disposal of pending cases was “exclusively within the domain of the judiciary”, the government had taken a number of measures, including setting up of a ‘National Mission for Justice Delivery and Legal Reforms’ to facilitate expeditious disposal of cases.
In order to computerise the justice delivery system, the government is implementing e-Courts Project for the district and subordinate courts and upgradation of ICT infrastructure in superior courts at an estimated cost of Rs 935 crore.
“The target is to computerise 12,000 courts by March 31, 2012 and 14,249 courts by March 2014,” Khurshid said, adding that a pendency reduction drive was launched (July-December 2011 period) by the department of justice.
Replying to another query, Khurshid said that consequent upon increase in filing, disposal and pendency of matters in the Supreme Court, there was an increase in the workload at all levels.
He said the competent authority had sanctioned creation/revival of about 284 posts in different categories since January 2009. Further, a committee of three senior officers was constituted to study the working of the Registry of the Supreme Court.