New Delhi: 120 judges and 63 additional judges have been appointed in the High Courts this year, the central government said on Friday. According to figures released by the Ministry of Law and Justice, 120 new judges have been appointed to the High Courts in 2021.
Among them Bombay High Court six, Allahabad 17, Gujarat seven, Karnataka six, Andhra Pradesh two, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh two, Kerala 12, Rajasthan eight, Punjab and Haryana six, Calcutta eight, Odisha four, Telangana seven, Madras five. Chhattisgarh has three, Himachal Pradesh one, Jharkhand four, Guwahati six, Delhi two, Patna six and Madhya Pradesh eight. According to the ministry, 63 additional judges have been made permanent judges in the high courts.
They include 10 additional judges from Allahabad High Court, 20 from Karnataka, one each from Calcutta, Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh, 10 each from Punjab and Haryana and Bombay, seven from Kerala and three from Guwahati.
According to the press release, the tenure of two additional judges has been extended. They include one additional judge each from Bombay and Guwahati High Courts. The ministry said that 11 chief justices have been appointed in the high courts this year. These include two appointments in the Allahabad High Court and one each in Andhra Pradesh, Calcutta, Guwahati, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Madras, Manipur and Telangana.
The government has informed that six Chief Justices have been transferred from one High Court to another. Similarly, 27 judges of the High Court have been transferred from one High Court to another. The number of judges in the Tripura High Court has increased by 18 and the number of judges in the Telangana High Court has increased by 18, the law and justice ministry said. Thus, the number of approved judges in Tripura High Court has increased to five and in Telangana High Court to 42.
The Union Ministry of Law and Justice said that as per the data available till December 6, 2021, 69855 cases are pending in the Supreme Court. Similarly, till December 17, 2021, 5639702 and 400661393 cases are pending in the High Court and District and Lower Courts respectively. The government says about 1.65 crore cases have been heard in the district and high courts through video conferencing, while about 1.5 lakh cases have been heard in the Supreme Court.
Similarly telecom services are available in 75000 CSC / Gram Panchayats in 699 districts. Through this, out of total 1270135 registered cases, 1250911 beneficiaries have been advised. This year, 68120 cases have been disposed of in 683 fast track special courts, including 383 special e-Pokso.
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