1. CJI TS Thakur highlights low judge-to-population ratio in India

CJI TS Thakur highlights low judge-to-population ratio in India

Flagging the huge backlog of cases and abysmal judge-to-population ratio, Chief Justice of India T S Thakur has appealed to the law graduates to join the bar or the judiciary.

By: | New Delhi | Published: August 7, 2016 7:47 AM
The target of having no case older than five years pending was found to be "very difficult" because there are "lakhs and lakhs of cases which are today ten years old, 15 years old, and may be 20 years old", said Justice TS Thakur.  (PTI) The target of having no case older than five years pending was found to be “very difficult” because there are “lakhs and lakhs of cases which are today ten years old, 15 years old, and may be 20 years old”, said Justice TS Thakur. (PTI)

Flagging the huge backlog of cases and abysmal judge-to-population ratio, Chief Justice of India T S Thakur appealed to the law graduates to join the bar or the judiciary.

Addressing the convocation of Nalsar University of Law here, Justice Thakur said that India needs “centres of excellence” in legal education for the young graduates who otherwise go abroad for higher education.

“In America, you have 150 judges per million (people) and so also in other developed countries. We have just about 18 per million. We have three crore cases pending in different courts and… 18,000 judges to handle those cases,” he said.

The target of having no case older than five years pending was found to be “very difficult” because there are “lakhs and lakhs of cases which are today ten years old, 15 years old, and may be 20 years old”, said Justice TS Thakur.

“To bring a case (pendency) to five years old is a great challenge, I would say. Are we ready for that?

“Are we not looking to younger generations who are passing from Nalsar and other national law schools to join legal profession and to join judiciary to help in realising the dreams of our forefathers that justice (is) accessible and justice is affordable and justice is speedy,” he said.

Multinational firms may pay you a fat salary, but it will not give the job satisfaction the legal profession gives, the CJI told the young graduates.

Saying that India lacks “centres of excellence” in law, he said, “We have that capacity to build those institutions. I am working on that and told professor Faizan Mustafa (vice chancellor of Nalsar University) that we will have vice chancellors’ conference where we look into the next step or next level of legal education,” Justice Thakur said.

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    Dr. SP
    Aug 9, 2016 at 8:16 am
    CJI Refers to Judge potion ratio of US but he will NOT accept US way of Judges's appointment in India too. He is not prepared for reforms, some suggested by his colleagues. Today higher judiciary needs to reform the adjournment norms, working days & hours, norms for grant of stays, no. of LTCs, restricting PILs & raising accountability . The Judges should realise that in no branch of governance potion ratios compare well with those in US. Higher Judiciary have usurped many powers & functions including that of appointing themselves. It is not so in US. US higher judiciary does NOT issue directions to Governments in w. One suspects that CJI repeatedly talks of US potion ratio to camouflage many internal ills of higher judiciary.
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    1. Sandeep Krishnan
      Aug 9, 2016 at 4:44 am
      Judiciary need to think out of the box - Instead of Appointing Judges, they should start to automate the process of judgement atleast for petty cases. Did you know that of the pending cases 70 to 80% are cases which are involve traffic violation or unauthorised travel etc which should simply be closed using an online system.
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