New court halls coming up
- The Union government has set aside Rs. 3,320 crore for the completion of a Centrally sponsored scheme to develop infrastructure for the judiciary by March 31, 2020.
Present status of Judiciary Infrastructure
- Currently, 3,143 court halls and 1,682 residences for judges are under construction.
- As on November 30, 2017, 17,848 court halls and 14,085 residential accommodations have been made available for judicial officers of district and subordinate courts.
- A total of Rs. 6,006 crore has been released since 1993-94, out of which Rs. 2,562 crore (42.66%) has been released since April 2014.
- The Centre said there were 5,984 judicial vacancies in the subordinate judiciary. That is, the vacancies amount to 26.38% of the sanctioned strength of 22,677.
- This means that the number of vacancies in the subordinate judiciary has increased by over 1,000 from November 2016. Vacancies at that point of time were 4,937.
- In January 2017, the National Court Management Systems Committee had filed an interim report in the Supreme Court saying that mere clearance of backlog was not the sole basis for determining the judge strength required in the subordinate judiciary to deal with pendency.
- The court had prima facie agreed with a suggestion made by G. Mohan Gopal, Chairperson of the committee, that the rate of disposal method missed several critical aspects on the colossal backlog in subordinate courts.