Kolkata: Functioning with solely 39 judges out of a sanctioned energy of 72 judges, the Calcutta Excessive Court docket is saddled with greater than two lakh pending circumstances. The Union Legislation and Justice Ministry on Saturday introduced the appointment of three extra further judges to the Calcutta Excessive Court docket, which can take the quantity to 42. A complete of two,34,539 circumstances are pending earlier than the excessive court docket regardless of efforts by the judiciary to scale back the backlog.
Authorized luminaries say that the variety of judges must be elevated additional as quickly as attainable to take care of the backlog in addition to newly filed petitions.
Working with solely 39 out of 72 judges
The Calcutta Excessive Court docket, which has a sanctioned energy of 72 judges, is functioning with solely 39 judges, in response to information supplied on its web site.
After the three newly-appointed judges take the oath, the quantity will improve to 42, however will nonetheless stay wanting the sanctioned energy by 30 or 41.66 per cent.
Former Supreme Court docket choose Justice (retd) Ashok Ganguly mentioned that the variety of judges ought to be elevated instantly to at the least the complete energy of the excessive court docket, and the sub-divisional and district courts, that are additionally going through related points.
Over 2.3 lakh circumstances pending
Of the two,34,539 circumstances pending as of February 28 in response to the information, civil circumstances type the lion’s share at 1,97,184, whereas the variety of legal circumstances awaiting disposal stand at 37,355 on that date.
Whereas the seat of the excessive court docket 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 per cent much less it’s far tougher to scale back the backlog,” Ganguly mentioned.
He informed PTI that the variety of new circumstances earlier than the court docket is growing as individuals have nowhere else to go for getting justice.
“Variety of circumstances is growing whereas judges’ energy goes down; governments have to expedite appointments of recent judges,” he mentioned.
Holding that each the central and state governments have to put in additional effort to alleviate the state of affairs, Ganguly mentioned there are enormous vacancies within the decrease judiciary additionally, which should be stuffed up.
A complete of 26,64,284 circumstances are pending in numerous courts in West Bengal until Might 14, as per the Nationwide Judicial Information Grid.
Of those, 20,47,901 are legal, whereas 6,16,383 are civil circumstances, in response to the information.
Ganguly mentioned that litigants are going through immense hardship owing to the state of affairs main from lack of an enough variety of judges and large pendency of circumstances.
He mentioned that attorneys additionally have to put in additional effort to make sure that litigants get justice in time.
Calcutta Excessive Court docket Bar Affiliation president Arunabha Ghosh mentioned that owing to the insufficient energy of the bench, a state of affairs has additionally arisen the place judges are usually not at all times getting jurisdiction as per their specialisation.
The jurisdiction of a choose is the discretion of the Chief Justice which denotes the topics on which a choose will hear petitions.
“Many suggestions of the excessive court docket collegium which have additionally been handed by the Supreme Court docket collegium are pending earlier than the Union Legislation and Justice ministry,” he mentioned, sustaining these require to be acted upon sooner.
Claiming that greater than 200 posts of judges in excessive courts throughout the nation are vacant, Ghosh known as for fast filling up of those posts for fast disposal of circumstances.
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.