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03-December-2015 16:43 IST
Pending Court Cases

           

            The data on pendency of cases is maintained by the Supreme Court and High Courts.  As per the information available, 58,906 cases are pending in the Supreme Court of India as on 01.12.2015.

 

The number of cases disposed of by the Supreme Court in last three years is as follows:-

 

Year

Disposal

2012

33263

2013

40193

2014

45021

2015 (till 01.12.2015)

44090

 

The Supreme Court has informed that these figures have been calculated taking on the cases disposed (main or connected and not I.A.s) while treating hyphenated matters as a single matter.

 

As per information made available by the High Courts, 41.53 lakh cases were pending in High Courts and 2.64 crore cases were pending in District and Subordinate Courts as on 31.12.2014.

 

The details of cases disposed of during the last three years in the High Courts and District / Subordinate Courts are given in the Statements at Annexure – I and Annexure – II respectively.

 

Some of the main factors responsible for pendency of cases in courts are increasing number of state and central legislations, accumulation of first appeals, continuation of ordinary civil jurisdiction in some of the High Courts, vacancies of Judges, appeals against orders of quasi-judicial forums going to High Courts, number of revisions / appeals, frequent adjournments, indiscriminate use of writ jurisdiction, lack of adequate arrangement to monitor, track and bunch cases for hearing.

 

Disposal of pending cases in courts is within the domain of judiciary.  The Government has adopted a co-ordinated approach to assist judiciary for phased liquidation of arrears and pendency in judicial system, which, inter-alia, involves better infrastructure for courts including computerisation, increase in strength of judicial officers / judges, policy and legislative measures in the areas prone to excessive litigation and emphasis on human resource development.  As a result of concerted efforts, the trend of increasing pendency of cases in the subordinate courts has been checked.

 

 

Cases disposed of in High Courts during last three years

Annexure-I

Sl. No

High Court

2012

2013

2014

Disposal of cases

Disposal of cases

Disposal of cases

1

Allahabad

2,47,539

2,36,821

3,10,294

2

Andhra Pradesh

66,130

58,278

66,239

3

Bombay

1,74,020

1,40,761

1,30,580

4

Calcutta

78,428

1,34,938

95,656

5

Delhi

35,656

35,371

40,154

6

Gujarat

63,778

64,450

74,444

7

Gauhati

35,713

30,308

27,467

8

Himachal Pradesh

37,772

36,455

62,270

9

Jammu &Kashmir

16,380

24,916

23,151

10

Karnataka

1,21,624

1,28,134

1,19,824

11

Kerala

78,801

68,871

72,173

12

Madras

2,46,200

2,31,817

1,29,954

13

Madhya Pradesh

1,00,281

1,11,348

1,29,373

14

Orissa

81,388

70,262

76,523

15

Patna

91,328

82,343

1,04,955

16

Punjab & Haryana

1,08,266

1,11,465

1,14,801

17

Rajasthan

1,31,277

1,27,928

83,792

18

Sikkim

126

140

230

19

Uttarakhand

13,616

15,661

13,386

20

Chhattisgarh

27,817

28,206

28,155

21

Jharkhand

30,030

25,970

22,327

22

Tripura*

0

4,379

5,144

23

Manipur*

0

2,677

1,926

24

Meghalaya*

0

1,418

1,724

Total

17,86,170

17,72,917

17,34,542

*Operationalisation of High Court was notified on 23rd March, 2013.

 

 

Cases disposed of in District and Subordinate Courts during last three years

Annexure-II

 

Sl. No

States

2012

2013

2014

Disposal of cases

Disposal of cases

Disposal of cases

1

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

6,06,447

5,14,867

6,47,130

2

Arunachal Pradesh

7,355

7,444

7,615

3

Assam

2,39,706

3,14,672

2,76,138

4

Bihar

3,04,786

3,15,586

3,05,583

5

Chhattisgarh

1,62,104

1,79,065

1,76,144

6

Goa

33,886

30,717

30,625

7

Gujarat

10,72,123

11,37,159

11,32,433

8

Haryana

7,33,591

6,08,315

5,87,385

9

Himachal Pradesh

2,46,052

2,93,575

4,09,732

10

Jammu & Kashmir

2,91,100

3,07,192

2,97,507

11

Jharkhand

1,23,777

1,18,076

1,10,068

12

Karnataka

10,35,706

10,17,437

13,67,041

13

Kerala

11,12,342

11,71,821

13,55,926

14

Madhya Pradesh

12,17,733

12,73,437

11,13,382

15

Maharashtra

20,48,255

17,10,180

15,36,322

16

Manipur

14,572

16,189

14,257

17

Meghalaya

2,982

3,284

11,691

18

Mizoram

11,747

10,270

10,747

19

Nagaland

3,179

3,062

3,047

20

Orissa

3,00,337

4,14,772

4,70,085

21

Punjab

7,58,927

6,11,671

5,49,300

22

Rajasthan

11,50,808

11,99,745

11,32,028

23

Sikkim

1,913

2,146

2,008

24

Tamil Nadu

14,99,884

18,44,056

16,45,329

25

Tripura

1,48,688

1,58,838

1,93,003

26

Uttar Pradesh

27,98,690

29,66,521

31,82,318

27

Uttarakhand

1,78,409

2,22,318

2,20,660

28

West Bengal  and A & N Island

9,92,367

11,84,289

10,89,309

29

Chandigarh

1,38,558

1,53,772

1,80,616

30

D & N Haveli and Daman & Diu

8,451

3,344

2,771

31

Delhi

9,18,683

9,57,154

9,30,732

32

Lakshadweep

96

93

95

33

Pondicherry

33,899

32,479

28,631

Total

1,81,97,153

1,87,83,546

1,90,19,658

 

           

            This information was given by Union Minister of Ministry of Law & Justice, Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

 

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