Delhi High Court had only five minutes to hear a case last yearFebruary 10th, 2009 - 8:53 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Feb 10 (IANS)With a staggering number of 332,141 cases that came up before the Delhi High Court during 2007-08, each case barely got five minutes of hearing before the honourable judges, its annual report released here Tuesday said.
According to the report, the first time the court has revealed such details, it spent around 4 minutes 55 seconds on an average on hearing each case.
The court disposed of 56,612 cases, including 47,017 that were filed in that year alone. The total included cases that were held over from the previous year.
The Delhi High Court has 32 judges, much below its sanctioned strength of 48, and 24 benches.
Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah, while releasing the report, said: “We have been able to reduce the cases of arrears from 79,818 in 2007 to 74,599 in 2008. This took place despite the fact that the court did not function at its full sanctioned strength of 48 but worked with a deficient strength of 32.”
According to the report, each bench heard as many as 64 cases each day from the 332,141 matters listed before the court - with average time given to each case working out to 4 minutes 55 seconds.
The average cost of listing each case before each judge worked out to be Rs.1,297 and the average court expenditure per minute was Rs.6,327.
“These figures only highlight the crushing load which the courts have to shoulder,” Justice Shah said.
The report also mentioned about new developments launched in the year, including digitization of the entire records of decided cases till 1995 along with the introduction of nine e-kiosks in the courts to help litigants obtain information about the status of their cases.
India has a staggering amount 20 million cases pending in courts around the country.