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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

Ministry of Law and Justice

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 2238

TO BE ANSWERED ON 22.12.2008

Vacancies and Delay in Appointment of Judges.

2238.

SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR

Will the Minister of LAW & JUSTICE be pleased to state:-

(a)        the number of Supreme Court and High Court Judges appointed this year till date and the number of vacancies still existing court-wise;

(b)        whether it is a fact that the present system for the selection of Judges for these courts through a collegiums of Judges headed by the Chief Justice of India is causing serious delays in such appointments; and

(c)        if so, what steps are proposed by Government to reduce delays in such appointments so that no vacancy of Judges in these courts exists for more than three months?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF LAW AND JUSTICE

(SHRI H. R. BHARDWAJ)

(a)        A Statement showing the number of Supreme Court and High Court Judges appointed from 1.1.2008 till 17.12.2008 and the number of vacancies existing, court-wise, is enclosed.

(b)        No, Sir.

(c)        The Government has been reminding all consultees to follow time frame in giving their views.

Statement referred to in reply to parts (a), (b) & (c) of the

Rajya Sabha Unstarred Question No. 2238 for answer on 22.2.2008

Sl. No.

Name of the Court

Approved strength

Judges in position As on 17.12.2008

Vacancies

No. of Judges appointed from1.1.2008 to 17.12.2008

 SUPREME COURT

26

224

02

05

 

HIGH COURTS

1.

Allahabad

160

73

87

3

2.

Andhra Pradesh

49

30

19

3

3.

Bombay

75

60

15

12

4.

Calcutta

58

40

18

-

5.

Chhattisgarh

18

6

12

1

6.

Delhi

48

39

9

10

7.

Gauhati

24

20

4

-

8.

Gujarat

42

30

12

-

9.

Himachal Pradesh

11

10

1

-

10.

Jammu & Kashmir

14

11

3

3

11.

Jharkand

20

10

10

2

12.

Karnataka

41

40

1

5

13.

Kerala

38

25

13

2

14.

Madhya Pradesh

43

39

4

3

15.

Madras

60

45

15

3

16.

Orissa

22

17

5

2

17.

Patna

43

24

19

1

18.

Punjab & Haryana

68

48

20

7

19.

Rajasthan

40

32

8

3

20.

Sikkim

3

1

2

-

21.

Uttaranchal

9

9

Nil

2

Total

689

589

100

69