Judges lose 55% court time in administrative work, says study

Team SoOLEGAL 18 Dec 2017 11:12am

Judges lose 55% court time in administrative work, says study

[Times of India report]

Up to 55% of court time is spent by judges each day on tasks such as reissuing summons, fixing dates for future hearings and case administration decisions rather than judicial functions such as hearings, a nationwide survey conducted by Bengaluru-based Daksh has found.

The study analysed over 91,000 court hearings involving over 6,000 cases across the country and argued that even without more manpower, the judiciary can enhance efficiency and double case disposal rate by delegating "non-substantive" work to court-appointed administrative officers rather than burdening judges.

The data analysed by Daksh also showed that an average 87 cases got listed each day before a subordinate court judge and about half were adjourned. "This is far too many, given that a judge sits in an open court for only about five-and-a-half hours. This means that on an average, judges have a little more than three-and-a-half minutes on each case," it said.

This long list of cases before each judge created pressure to hear each case and affected the fundamental objective of a fair hearing, the report said. The study found that in 40% of the 91,797 hearings analysed, other than the date of next hearing, there was absolutely no additional information available on proceedings.

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