High Court strength likely to go up by 25 per cent

RM Lodha

The strength of five High Courts in India are likely to go up by 25 per cent after a long pending proposal of increasing the number of judges in each of these High Court was approved by the Chief Justice and the Chief Ministers of the Respective States.

The five High Courts to be awarded with additional judges include Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab & Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh. “We have also received communication from Uttarakhand besides the five states,” said a senior law ministry official.

Because the new National Judicial Appointment Commission is not up and running yet, these new judges will be added based on the collegiums system. According to the official, the work on issuing a notification was already initiated.

Earlier this year, the former law minister Kapil Sibal wrote to the chief justices and chief ministers of the respective states for raising the number of serving judges by 25 per cent. The proposal was pending since then.

After the addition of new judges, the strength of Punjab and Haryana High Court will go up to 85 from the current 65. Similarly the strength of Delhi High Court will reach 60 from the current strength of 48.

“We could see that the disposal rate in district and subordinate courts have improved compared to high courts. In future, the situation in high courts might worsen if the strength of judges is not increased,” noted a law ministry official, as reported by theĀ Economic Times