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68 names cleared by SC Collegium for HC’s which includes 10 women and 44 from the Bar

Team SoOLEGAL 6 Sep 2021 3:09pm

68 names cleared by SC Collegium for HC’s which includes 10 women and 44 from the Bar

On August 25, 2021, and September 1, 2021, a three-member Collegium lead by NV Ramana, the Chief Justice of India picked names for the appointment of judges at various high courts from a list of 112 candidates.

The Supreme Court Collegium made a determined bid to restore the large number of vacancies in High Courts throughout the country by recommending 68 names including 10 women for evaluation. The Collegium for the first ever time cleared so many names for vacancies.

According to the Department of Justice, as of September 1, 465 vacancies were there in 25 High Courts- 281 of permanent Judges and 184 of Additional Judges, out of which the Allahabad High Court accounted for 68, Calcutta for 36, and Punjab and Haryana for 40 each.

The suggestions for all the 68 names were declared just a fortnight after another SC Collegium cleared 9 names for Supreme Court, also lead by the CJI. Once the 9 names were cleared, including 3 women by the Government, they took oath on August 31, 2021.

Apart from the CJI, the Collegium comprised of Justices AM Khanwilkar and UU Lalit apart. The number of recommendations made for Allahabad HC were 16, 8 for Kerala, 6 for both Calcutta and Rajasthan, 5 for each Jharkhand and Gauhati, 4 for Haryana, Punjab and Madras, 2 for Chhattisgarh and 1 for MP.

44 of the total number of recommendations for High Court’s appointment are members of Bar and rest are judicial officers.

For the first time ever, the recommendations included a name from Mizoram which was of, MarliVankung. A women judicial officer from the state has been recommended for promotion to the Gauhati HC.

On August 17, 2021, 7 names were cleared by the Collegium for the Telangana HC. Also, the Collegium has solved and reiterated its earlier recommendation to promote 9 advocates of the Calcutta, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, and Karnataka HCs.

In April, the Supreme Court showed concern regarding the vacancies in the High Court, stating that the system was “in a crisis situation.” “There are almost 40% vacancies in the High Courts, with many of the larger High Courts working under 50% of their sanctioned strength,” it added.

The Centre argued that one of the reasons for the delay was the High Court Collegium’s fault to recommend names slowly. The Supreme Court opined that it should clear the same within 3-4 weeks of time if the Collegium restated its recommendations unanimously.



Tagged: SC Collegium   NV Ramana   Chief Justice of India   Supreme Court   High Courts   Allahabad High Court   Calcutta   Punjab and Haryana   Justice AM Khanwilkar   Justice UU Lalit   Gauhati HC  
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