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03-March-2016 17:22 IST
Pending Court Cases

Data on pendency of cases is maintained by the Supreme Court and High Courts.  As per the information made available by the Supreme Court of India, details of civil and criminal cases pending in the Supreme Court of India; and civil and criminal cases pending for more than 10 years in the Supreme Court of India; and number of cases disposed of by the Supreme Court of India during the last three years and the current year are as under:-

 

Number of Pending Cases as on 19.02.2016

Number of Cases pending for more than 10 years up to 19.02.2016.

Number of Cases disposed during last three years and current year upto 19.02.2016

Civil

Criminal

Civil

Criminal

2013

2014

2015

2016

48,418

11,050

1,132

84

40,189

45,042

47,424

6,054

 

As per information made available by High Courts, details of pending cases in High Courts and District and Subordinate Courts are as under:-

 

Number of Pending Cases in High Courts as on 31.12.2014

Number of Cases pending for more than 10 years in High Courts as on 31.12.2014

Number of Pending Cases in District and Subordinate Courts as on 31.12.2014

Number of Cases pending for more than 10 years in District and Subordinate Courts as on 31.12.2014

Civil

Criminal

Civil

Criminal

Civil

Criminal

Civil

Criminal

3116492

1037465

589631

187999

8234281

18254124

611658

1432079

 

The details of cases disposed of during 2012, 2013 and 2014 by 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.

 

The Chief Justices’ Conference held on 03rd and 04th April 2015 has resolved that each High Court shall establish an Arrears Committee to clear the backlog of cases pending for more than five years.  As per information available, Arrears Committees have been set up in the High Courts of (i) Allahabad, (ii) Bombay, (iii) Calcutta, (iv) Chhattisgarh, (v) Delhi, (vi) Himachal Pradesh, (vii) Jammu & Kashmir, (viii) Jharkhand, (ix) Kerala, (x) Madhya Pradesh, (xi) Madras, (xii) Manipur, (xiii) Meghalaya, (xiv) Orissa, (xv) Patna (xvi) Punjab & Haryana, (xvii) Sikkim, (xviii) Tripura, and (xix) Uttrakhand.

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Annexure-I

Pending Court Cases.

Cases disposed of in High Courts during last three years

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.

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Annexure-II

Pending Court Cases.

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

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

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