Himachal Has Fifth Highest Pending Cases In District Courts

Himachal This Week

‘Justice delayed is justice denied’ is a legal maxim meaning that if legal redress is available for a party that has suffered some injury, but is not forthcoming in a timely fashion, it is effectively the same as having no redress at all. According to National Judicial Data Grid, India’s smaller, richer states and union territories have the highest rates of pending cases in district courts, government data show. Himachal Pradesh was ranked fifth with 30.6 cases per 1000 population in the country while at 37 cases per 1,000 population, Chandigarh, a Union Territory had the highest rate in the country as of January 1, 2018. Delhi (36 cases per 1,000 population) and Kerala (34 cases per 1,000 population) were ranked second and third, respectively. Ranked fourth with 30.9 cases per 1,000 population, Uttar Pradesh was the only big, poor state among the top five by pending cases in district courts as of January 1, 2018.

The country needed 70,000 judges to clear pending cases, according to former chief justice of India TS Thakur. One of every four pending cases in the district courts was at least five years old, as of January 1, 2018, data show. About 9% of the cases had been going on for at least 10 years. Among high courts, the high court of Bombay had the highest pending cases, 464,074, as of January 1, 2018, followed by Punjab and Haryana (3,84,098) and Andhra Pradesh and Telangana (325,119), according to data from the National Judicial Data Grid.

It is also revealed that cases pending in district courts per 1000 population as of January 1, 2018 in Chandigarh are 38,628 (36.63); compared to Himachal Pradesh with 2,09,938 pending cases. Haryana has 6,45,647 pending cases in district court compared to Punjab’s 5,68,232. On the other hand, Bombay High Court has the maximum number of pending cases in the country followed by Punjab and Haryana High Court with 3,84,098 pending cases. Himachal Pradesh High Court has 37,995 pending cases while Sikkim high court has the least number of pending cases of 212 in the country.

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