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Verdict: To Hang

Our higher courts are snowed under by unresolved cases

Verdict: To Hang
Jitender Gupta
Verdict: To Hang
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The Work Left...

Five minutes per case. That’s what Delhi HC estimates it has in a day for its backlog. We apply the formula to all 21 HCs (the figures in bold indicate the number of pending cases and the figures following the respective cities are the number of years it would take at the rate of Delhi HC)

  • 808226 Allahabad 60 
  • 426347 Madras 32
  • 367409 Bombay 27
  • 332141 Delhi* 25
  • 279318 Calcutta 21
  • 255696 Punjab & Haryana 19
  • 227752 Orissa 17
  • 212451 Rajasthan 16
  • 187677 Madhya Pradesh 14
  • 147537 Andhra Pradesh 11
  • 115750 Kerala 9
  • 110639 Gujarat 8
  • 104237 Karnataka 8
  • 102165 Patna 8
  • 74701 Chattisgarh 6
  • 59339 Guwahati 4
  • 49276 Jharkhand 4
  • 45374 Jammu & Kashmir 3
  • 26781 Himachal Pradesh 2
  • 22807 Uttaranchal 2
  • 67 Sikkim <1
Total 3955690 Pending Cases 
Years to give that 5 mins: 297 

Law ministry figures on pending cases till Sept 30, ’07. *Delhi figures updated till Mar 31, ’08.

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If justice delayed is justice denied, then the high courts across the country are in deep waters. For the backlog of pending cases is now a flood that shows no sign of abating. At last count, in 2007, there were nearly 40 lakh cases to dispose of in 21 high courts. And as many as 46,926 cases were yet to be adjudicated on by the Supreme Court.

The magnitude of the problem was highlighted in the 2007-08 annual report of the Delhi HC, which noted 3,32,141 cases in hand. Some 600 of these are...
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