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Government of India
Ministry of Law and Justice
24 MAR 2022 4:37PM by PIB Delhi
Vacancies in High Courts

As on 16.03.2022, against the sanctioned strength of 1104 Judges in the various High Courts, 699 Judges are in position, leaving 405 vacanciesof Judges to be filled. A statement showing the sanctioned strength, working strength and vacancies of Judges in the High Courts is placed as Annexure.           

Filling up of vacancies in the High Courts is a continuous, integrated and collaborative process between the Executive and the Judiciary. It requires consultation and approval from various Constitutional Authorities both at the State and Centre level.  While every effort is made to fill up the existing vacancies expeditiously, vacancies of Judges in High Courts do keep on arising on account of retirement, resignation or elevation of Judges and also due to increase in the strength of Judges.

As per the existing Memorandum of Procedure for appointment of Judges of High Courts, the Chief Justice of the High Court is required to initiate the proposal for filling up of vacancies of a Judge in a High Court six months prior to the occurrence of vacancies. Government appoints only those persons as Judges of High Courts who are recommended by Supreme Court Collegium (SCC).  Against the vacancy of 405 Judges, at present, 175 proposals are at various stages of processing between the Government and the Supreme Court Collegium. Further recommendations from High Court Collegiums are yet to be received in respect of 230 vacancies in High Courts.

This information was given by Shri Kiren Rijiju Union Minister, Minister of Law and Justice, in Rajya Sabha today.

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Annexure

Statement showing Sanctioned strength, Working Strength and Vacancies of Judgesin the High Courts.

                                                                                                                          (As on 16.03.2022)

   

Sanctioned strength

Working strength

Vacancies

 

High Court

Pmt.

Addl

Total

Pmt.

Addl

Total

Pmt.

Addl

Total

1

Allahabad

120

40

160

74

19

93

46

21

67

2

Andhra Pradesh

28

9

37

26

0

26

2

9

11

3

Bombay

71

23

94

51

7

58

20

16

36

4

Calcutta

54

18

72

31

8

39

23

10

33

5

Chhattisgarh

17

5

22

10

3

13

7

2

9

6

Delhi

45

15

60

33

0

33

12

15

27

7

Gauhati

18

6

24

17

6

23

1

0

1

8

Gujarat

39

13

52

32

0

32

7

13

20

9

Himachal Pradesh

10

3

13

8

1

9

2

2

4

10

J & K and Ladakh

13

4

17

13

0

13

0

4

4

11

Jharkhand

19

6

25

19

1

20

0

5

5

12

Karnataka

47

15

62

39

6

45

8

9

17

13

Kerala

35

12

47

27

12

39

8

0

8

14

Madhya Pradesh

40

13

53

35

0

35

5

13

18

15

Madras

56

19

75

44

15

59

12

4

16

16

Manipur

4

1

5

3

1

4

1

0

1

17

Meghalaya

3

1

4

3

0

3

0

1

1

18

Orissa

24

9

33

21

0

21

3

9

12

19

Patna

40

13

53

25

0

25

15

13

28

20

Punjab& Haryana

64

21

85

43

6

49

21

15

36

21

Rajasthan

38

12

50

26

0

26

12

12

24

22

Sikkim

3

0

3

3

0

3

0

0

0

23

Telangana

32

10

42

19

0

19

13

10

23

24

Tripura

4

1

5

5

0

5

-1

1

0

25

Uttarakhand

9

2

11

7

0

7

2

2

4

 

Total

833

271

1104

614

85

699

219

186

405

 

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