PIL filed in Supreme Court for fixing minimum working hours for courts

Team SoOLEGAL 16 May 2018 4:19pm

PIL filed in Supreme Court for fixing minimum working hours for courts

New Delhi: BJP leader and advocate Ashwani Kumar Upadhyay has filed a PIL in Supreme Court by which he has asked supreme to order all courts to function at least 6 hours per day and 225 days per year. This he said in necessary to clear the backlog of pending cases. He said such is the number of pending cases and ratio of judges to decide on them that It will take 320 years to clear the present backlog provided no new cases are added.

He said ratio of judges in India is 13.5 per million whereas in advance countries like  US it is 130 per million, Australia 58 per million and Canada 75 per million. He said litigants suffer as most of the courts in India function below the sanctioned strength of the judges. He says government need to upgrade the legal infrastructure. He said Ministry of Finance can use funds from consolidated funds of India to upgrade the infrastructure. He went onto say that delay in justice is violation of Article 14 and 21 of constitution.

He further asked the court to give direction to prohibit an advocate to become a judge in the same court where he is practices or where his blood relation practice.

Tagged: SC   PIL   Article 14  
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