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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Law & Justice
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

 

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.852
TO BE ANSWERED ON AUGUST 08, 2011
Strength of Judges in Courts

 

852. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR

 

Will the MINISTER OF LAW AND JUSTICE be pleased to state:

 

(a)   The number of sanctioned posts of judges in supreme court, high court and subordinate courts in the country, state-wise;

 

(b)   The total number of posts lying vacant currently, state-wise;

 

(c)    The reasons for not filling up the vacant posts; and

 

(d)   The steps government has taken in this regard, given the pendency of cases which is resulting from this problem?

 

 

 

 

ANSWER
MINISTER OF LAW AND JUSTICE
(SHRI SALMAN KHURSHID)

 

(a)   & (b) : A statement showing the sanctioned strength and the vacancies of Judges in Supreme Court of India and the High Courts and the Subordinate Courts are annexed in Annexure I and II

 

(c)    : Pursuant to the Supreme Court Judgment of October 6, 1993 read with their Advisory Opinion of October 28, 1998, the process of initiation of proposal for appointment of a Judge of a Supreme Court rests with the Chief Justice of India and for the appointment of a Judge of High Court, with the Chief Justice of that High Court. The main reason for the large number of vacant posts is that the Government has not received sufficient proposals to fill up these vacant posts. The Government is periodically reminding the Chief Justice of the High Courts to initiate proposals in time for filling up the existing vacancies as well as the vacancies anticipated in next six months in the high courts.

 

Under article 235 of the constitution of India, the administrative control over the members of Subordinate Judiciary in the states vests with the concerned High Courts and State Government. Thus, as regards the judge strength in the District and Subordinate Courts and filling them up is concerned, the responsibility vests with the respective State Governments and the High Courts.

 

(d)   The Government has requested all the Chief Justices of High Courts to launch a campaign from July – December, 2011 to reduce pendency of cases in courts and also for filling up vacancies of judges in the High Courts and Subordinate Courts during the same period.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANNEXURE I

 

ANNEXURE REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) AND (b) OF RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 852 FOR ANSWER ON AUGUST 08, 2011

 

Statements showing the Approved Strength and vacancies of Judges in the Supreme Court of India and the High Courts

 

Sl. No.

Name of the Court

Approved Strength as on 01.08.2011

Vacancies as on 01.08.2011

A

Supreme Court Of India

31

3

B

High Court

1.

Allahabad

160

98

2.

Andhra Pradesh

49

16

3

Bombay

75

14

4

Calcutta

58

14

5

Chhattisgarh

18

6

6

Delhi

48

12

7

Gauhati

24

6

8

Gujarat

42

18

9

Himachal Pradesh

11

-

10

Jammu & Kashmir

14

7

11

Jharkhand

20

8

12

Karnataka

50

9

13

Kerala

38

9

14

Madhya Pradesh

43

5

15

Madras

60

11

16

Orissa

22

5

17

Patna

43

4

18

Punjab & Haryana

40

13

19

Rajasthan

40

13

20

Sikkim 3

2

21

21

Uttarakhand

9

2

TOTAL

895

284

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANNEXURE II

 

ANNEXURE REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) AND (b) OF RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 852 FOR ANSWER ON AUGUST 08, 2011

 

 

Sl. No.

State/Union Territory

Sanctioned Strength of District & Subordinate Courts as on 30.09.2010

Vacancies as on 30.09.2010

1

Uttar Pradesh

2187

294

2

Andhra Pradesh

931

159

3

Maharashtra

2087

234

4

Goa

49

6

5

Diu Daman & Dadra And Nagar Haveli

5

0

6

West Bengal And A& N Islands

933

155

7

Chhattisgarh

293

37

8

Delhi

605

168

9

Gujarat

1128

361

10

Assam

307

58

11

Meghalaya

10

2

12

Tripura

92

27

13

Manipur

33

2

14

Nagaland

27

1

15

Mizoram

40

9

16

Arunachal Pradesh

2

0

17

Himachal Pradesh

126

6

18

Jammu & Kashmir

207

44

19

Jharkhand

581

187

20

Karnataka

938

138

21

Kerala

432

12

22

Lakshadweep

3

0

23

Tamil Nadu

828

59

24

Puducherry

20

7

25

Madhya Pradesh

1290

154

26

Orissa

548

64

27

Bihar

1423

389

28

Punjab

412

120

29

Haryana

409

123

30

Chandigarh

20

0

31

Rajasthan

907

223

32

Sikkim

13

4

33

Uttarakhand

265

1273

Total

17151

3170