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CJI Thakur: With 3 Crore pending cases & unfilled posts, Retd Judges to be employed back


In order to tackle 3 crore pending cases before the judiciary, Article 224 A of Constitution to be invoked to reappoint Retired Judges.

CJI Thakur and PM Modi at conference of chief ministers and chief justices of high courts
CJI Thakur and PM Modi at conference of chief ministers and chief justices of high courts

In a significant move to tackle mounting number of cases, a conference of chief ministers and chief justices of high courts on Sunday adopted a resolution to invoke a constitutional provision to appoint retired judicial officers back as ad hoc judges.

Chief Justice of India T S Thakur announced that the conference has adopted a resolution that Article 224 A will be invoked to allow chief justices of high courts to appoint retired judicial officers as ad hoc judges.

“When there is a provision in the Constitution of India. It means that it is meant to be invoked (on need),” he said.

Article 224 A of the Constitution of India states that the Chief Justice of a high court, with the previous consent of the President (Centre), request any person who has held the office of a judge of that court or any other high court to sit and act as a judge of the high court for that state.

There are around 3 crore pending cases before the judiciary, including those before the Supreme Court, the all the 24 State high courts and their subordinate courts. He said these ad hoc judges can tackle criminal cases where appeals have not been heard for the past five years.

These judges shall be appointed for a period of two years or upto the time they attain the age of 65. The CJI said these judges can also preside over the ‘holiday courts’ on Saturdays and Sundays.

The conference also resolved that vacancies will be filled up in lower courts first and the cadre strength of Judiciary will be increased by 10 per cent per year till the review of the cadre strength is carried out in the near future.

According to latest Law Ministry, GOI figures, the total approved strength of the subordinate judiciary is 20,214 with 4,580 vacant vacancies. The approved sanctioned strength of the 24 State high courts is 1,056 and the vacancy was pegged at 458 posts as on March 2016.

In the apex court, there are six vacancies waiting to be filled against the sanctioned strength of 31 judges, including the CJI.

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