The slow moving wheels of Indian judiciary2 min read 05 Aug 2014, 02:42 PM IST
An overburdened judicial system is taking longer to dispose cases
The time taken for cases to come to trial in Indian courts is getting longer. The average percentage of cases pending trial in state high courts and lower courts has increased to 84.81% in 2013 compared with 82.8% a decade earlier. That is not only a function of increasing number of cases that are being filed but also because the judiciary has become slower in disposing off cases. The completion rate for cases has fallen to 13.19% in 2013 from 14.61% in 2003. If the percentage point increase doesn’t seem significant, note that the outstanding number of criminal cases before the judiciary was 9.71 million in 2013. These are just cases filed under the Indian penal code. A similar number of cases has been filed under special and local laws of states.