2.34 lakh cases pending at Calcutta High Court, 41% judges’ posts vacant

The Calcutta Excessive Courtroom, which has a sanctioned energy of 72 judges, is functioning with solely 39 judges, in keeping with information offered on its web site

The Calcutta Excessive Courtroom, which has a sanctioned energy of 72 judges, is functioning with solely 39 judges, in keeping with information offered on its web site

Functioning with solely 39 judges out of a sanctioned energy of 72 judges, the Calcutta Excessive Courtroom is saddled with greater than two lakh pending instances.

The Union Regulation and Justice Ministry on Saturday introduced the appointment of three extra extra judges to the Calcutta Excessive Courtroom, which can take the quantity to 42.

Authorized luminaries say that the variety of judges must be elevated additional as quickly as potential to cope with the backlog in addition to newly filed petitions.

A complete of two,34,539 instances are pending earlier than the Excessive Courtroom regardless of efforts by the judiciary to cut back the backlog.

The Calcutta Excessive Courtroom, which has a sanctioned energy of 72 judges, is functioning with solely 39 judges, in keeping with information offered on its web site.

After the three newly-appointed judges take oath, the quantity will enhance to 42, however will nonetheless stay in need of the sanctioned energy by 30 or 41.66%

Former Supreme Courtroom choose Justice (retd) Ashok Ganguly stated that the variety of judges must be elevated instantly to not less than the total energy of the Excessive Courtroom, and the sub-divisional and district courts, that are additionally dealing with related points.

Of the two,34,539 instances pending as on February 28 in keeping with the information, civil instances type the lion’s share at 1,97,184, whereas the variety of prison instances awaiting disposal stand at 37,355 on that date.

Whereas the seat of the Excessive Courtroom is in Kolkata, it has everlasting circuit benches at Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and at Jalpaiguri in north Bengal.

“Even with full energy, the variety of judges is insufficient and so with over 40% much less it’s far tougher to cut back the backlog,” Mr. Ganguly stated.

He advised PTI that the variety of new instances earlier than the courtroom is growing as individuals have nowhere else to go for getting justice.

“Variety of instances is growing whereas judges’ energy goes down; governments have to expedite appointments of latest judges,” he stated.

Holding that each the central and state governments have to put in additional effort to alleviate the scenario, Mr. Ganguly stated there are large vacancies within the decrease judiciary additionally, which must be crammed up.

A complete of 26,64,284 instances are pending in numerous courts in West Bengal until Might 14, as per the Nationwide Judicial Information Grid.

Of those, 20,47,901 are prison, whereas 6,16,383 are civil instances, in keeping with the information.

Mr. Ganguly stated that litigants are dealing with immense hardship owing to the scenario main from lack of an ample variety of judges and large pendency of instances.

He stated that attorneys additionally have to put in further effort to make sure that litigants get justice in time.

Calcutta Excessive Courtroom Bar Affiliation president Arunabha Ghosh stated that owing to the insufficient energy of the bench, a scenario has additionally arisen the place judges are usually not at all times getting jurisdiction as per their specialisation.

Jurisdiction of a choose is the discretion of the Chief Justice which denotes the themes on which a choose will hear petitions.

“Many suggestions of the Excessive Courtroom collegium which have additionally been handed by the Supreme Courtroom collegium are pending earlier than the Union Regulation and Justice ministry,” he stated, sustaining these require to be acted upon quicker.

Claiming that greater than 200 posts of judges in excessive courts throughout the nation are vacant, Mr. Ghosh known as for speedy filling up of those posts for fast disposal of instances.

Holding that the variety of service judges must be elevated within the decrease judiciary, he additionally known as for extra concerted efforts by all of the stakeholders to fast-track the justice supply system.

A joint convention of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of excessive courts was held on April 30 in New Delhi to debate creation of frameworks for easy and handy supply of justice.

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