There are 40 million pending court cases in India, according to Chief Justice NV Ramana. 

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According to news reports, India’s Chief Justice NV Ramana claimed on Saturday that the country had more than 40 million cases outstanding in subordinate courts. He was highlighting a massive backlog in the country’s legal system.

During a meeting attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Chief Ministers of most states, Ramana said that courts were short of judges who were essential to the proper functioning of the courts.  

The Chief Justice of India voiced his displeasure with governments being the most frequent plaintiffs, accounting for about half of all cases before courts, and said that although the judiciary is often criticized for the pending cases, the judges are burdened with a significant amount of work.  

According to NV Ramana, we have 20 judges per 1 million people, which is woefully insufficient to cope with the escalating tide of litigation. Many of the 24,000 sanctioned jobs for judicial officials in the country’s lower courts remain empty, according to Ramana, who did not specify how many positions were unfilled at the time.  

In Ramana’s opinion, the time has come to move away from the use of ad hoc committees and toward a more organized, streamlined, and accountable structure.

He believes that a National Judicial Infrastructure Authority should be established for the standardization and improvement of judicial infrastructure, which is currently in desperate need of attention.


Published By: Aman Gupta

Edited By: Vanshika Sahu

Tharun Pranav
Tharun Pranav
Tharun Pranav is a Law student in the School of Law, Christ University. He is an Extrovert and a Pensive person in nature. One of his strengths is Sarcasm. He also has a passion for Space, Economics and Sports. You can find him online on Instagram or LinkedIn.

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