To deal with pendency of cases, CJI Ranjan Gogoi bans leaves for judges on workdays

Team SoOLEGAL 12 Oct 2018 11:30am

To deal with pendency of cases, CJI Ranjan Gogoi bans leaves for judges on workdays

In order to deal with the pendency of cases, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi has come up with a “no leave” formula for judges.

According to sources, CJI Gogoi interacted with chief justices and two most senior judges of the high courts through video-conferencing and spoke of a 10-point plan to reduce pendency.

  1. The CJI reportedly told the High Court Chief Justices (CJs) not to “hesitate in withdrawing judicial work from errant members of the court.”
  2. He even asked the CJs to inform him about the judges disobeying the new work regime and promised that the top court will deal with them individually.
  3. The CJI further insisted that no HC judge or subordinate court judicial officer would be allowed to take leave on working days except in case of emergencies.
  4. He even barred the judges from taking LTC during the working days of the court. This would mean that the judges will be required to plan family vacations in advance and coordinate with other judges for availing a leave.
  5. He also directed the judges not to attend any seminars or official functions on working days, as it unnecessarily wasted time to prepare cases listed for hearing the next day.
  6. CJI Gogoi also told the CJs to speed up the process of recommending names for the appointment of judges to the high courts, considering that more than 400 of the 1,079 judges’ posts in the high courts are lying vacant.
  7. CJI Gogoi also raised concerns regarding the case disposal in subordinate courts and said it needs daily monitoring, but was done only on a quarterly basis till date. The CJI then said he and his colleagues are exploring the possibility of monitoring on a daily basis by implementing case disposal mechanism in trial courts.
  8. Further, regarding reducing pendency in HCs, the CJI asked CJs to extract the pending cases out of the huge stock of appeals that have become ineffective over a period of time.
  9. He then said that the next step must be to identify appeals filed by those locked in jail after a trial court convicted them in criminal cases. Chief Justice Gogoi said that the criminal cases pending for five or more years must get listed immediately and disposed of after hearing the parties involved. He even asked the CJs to send him details of cases in this category.
  10. The CJI also advised the Collegium members of the high courts to choose the best advocates – ideally the ones with good income as judges – for appointment as a High Court judge as it will ward them off from being tempted by money. 

Tagged: Pendency of cases   Judicial Backlog   No Leave Formula for Judges   Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi   CJI   Ranjan Gogoi   High Court Chief Justices   High Courts   Collegium   Judges Appointment  
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