Judicial Appointments: Shortage of 4000 court halls even if judges’ vacancies are filled up in lower courts

Team SoOLEGAL 5 Nov 2018 11:30am

Judicial Appointments: Shortage of 4000 court halls even if judges’ vacancies are filled up in lower courts

There are around 2.72 crore cases pending in the lower courts, which is said to be because of the huge judges’ vacancies.

Fortunately, the initiative to fill up vacant posts in subordinate judiciary has seen momentum after Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi expressed his displeasure with the inefficiency of high courts and state governments in dealing with the burgeoning judicial vacancies.

However, if all the judicial vacancies are filled up in the lower judiciary, there will be a shortfall of courtrooms, as the existing infrastructure is sufficient for just 16,728 judges against a sanctioned strength of 22,474 judges. And, at the present there are only 18,403 court halls available for district and subordinate judges.

Thus, if all the judicial posts are required to be filled up, the country would require additional court halls, at least 4,071. But in order to fill up all the vacancies within a year, the Centre and the sates will have to ensure that more courtrooms are either constructed or hired for the newly recruited judges to function.

In a report published in TOI, the Central has sanctioned adequate funds and set a target to complete the construction of 2,730 courtrooms within the deadline. And, with newly constructed court halls, it is clear that all the 5,700 plus vacant judicial posts in lower judiciary are to be filled up immediately.

While hearing a writ petition in the matter concerning judicial vacancies on Thursday, the CJI even warned the states and HCs of SC interference to ensure that all the vacant judicial posts are filled up in a fixed timeline.

Read more: “If any High Court can’t do it, we will do it” SC reprimands HCs and State governments over burgeoning judicial vacancies

In order to deal with the huge backlog due to judges’ vacancies, the government has shown willingness to conduct a nationwide examination, as a one-time measure for making judicial appointments for lower courts.

However, the decision to conduct the examination would be taken only after a directive is issued from the Apex Court, which is hearing a writ petition on the possibility of constituting an all-India judicial appointment mechanism, to which several states and HCs have objected in the past.

Tagged: Shortage of Courtrooms   Courtrooms   Court Halls   Judges Vacancies   Judicial Appointments   CJI Ranjan Gogoi   Supreme Court of India  
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