Set up Mechanism to Accelerate Disposal of Cases, Fill up Vacancies: CJI to HCs

Team SoOLEGAL 26 Jun 2018 11:30am

Set up Mechanism to Accelerate Disposal of Cases, Fill up Vacancies: CJI to HCs

In the light of the large number of pending cases in various lower courts across the country, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra recently wrote to all the HC Chief Justices to implement a new 'disposal review mechanism' for speedy disposal of pending cases in the Indian judiciary system.

The 'Disposal Review Mechanism' is intended to "concentrate on the institution and disposal of cases on a priority basis."

The CJI, in his communication underlined the observations of the Arrears Committee of the Supreme Court relating to the mounting pendency of the Criminal and Civil Appeals in various High Courts.

The High Courts have already been requested to prepare action plans with cut off dates for disposal of 10 year and 5 year old cases and such plans have to be continuously monitored by Committees at the level of High Courts and Sub-ordinate Courts in the light of experience and new ideas. Experiences show that overall monitoring, review and course correction of any action plan yields optimum results.”

The letter also stated that while it is important to speed up the disposal of old cases and prioritised category cases, it was also imperative that efforts are made to ensure that the overall disposal matches the overall institution of cases. “To achieve all these objectives arrears committee has been constituted in all the high courts,” the letter further reads.

Further, CJ Misra in his communication also recommended that the Arrears Committees of the various High Courts should meet once every month and a monthly report should be submitted. This will help in monitoring the disposal of cases, besides providing suggestions for future course correction.

The letter was sent to all High Courts, except the High Courts of Sikkim, Meghalaya and Tripura, considering that the rate of pendency is not so high in these courts.

Besides a letter addressing the problem of pendency, the Chief Justice in another letter to the High Courts highlighted the problem of vacancies in the lower judiciary and told the High Courts to make immediate appointments wherever the vacancy rate is more than 15%.

“Take immediate steps to ensure filling up of vacancies and set up an online portal for continuous monitoring of the vacancies,” reads the letter.


Tagged: Chief Justice Dipak Misra   High Court Chief Justice   Disposal Review Mechanism   Arrears Committees of High Courts  
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