Pendency a cause for concern, says CJI
Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi said the judiciary was saddled with about 3 crore pending cases. Of this, 81 lakh cases were just a year old and 50 lakh were petty cases such as the MV Act violation. About 25 lakh cases had been pending for more than 10 years which was a “cause of concern.” The pendency was resulting in a lot of disrepute to and a black spot on the judicial system.
The pendency and lack of judges made the justice dispensation system vulnerable but the problem was solvable. There were around 5,000 judicial vacancies in district courts. At least 75% of these vacancies would be filled up before 2019. Of the 392 vacancies in the High Courts, appointment to 130 posts was in the pipeline. Filling up of 100 vacancies was under the apex court purview while 14 cases were referred to the government. And the High Courts were yet to send their recommendations for 270 posts. They must hasten the process.
The dispensation of justice and morality go together. The dispensation of justice had travelled a long way not only in terms of the progress of ideas but also in respect of physical surroundings.