Pending Court Cases in Supreme Court, High Court and District Court

By | March 4, 2016

Pending Court Cases

Data on pendency of cases is maintained by the Supreme Court and High Courts.  As per the information made available by the Supreme Court of India, details of civil and criminal cases pending in the Supreme Court of India; and civil and criminal cases pending for more than 10 years in the Supreme Court of India; and number of cases disposed of by the Supreme Court of India during the last three years and the current year are as under:-

Number of Pending Cases as on 19.02.2016 Number of Cases pending for more than 10 years up to 19.02.2016. Number of Cases disposed during last three years and current year upto 19.02.2016
Civil Criminal Civil Criminal 2013 2014 2015 2016
48,418 11,050 1,132 84 40,189 45,042 47,424 6,054

 

As per information made available by High Courts, details of pending cases in High Courts and District and Subordinate Courts are as under:-

 

Number of Pending Cases in High Courts as on 31.12.2014 Number of Cases pending for more than 10 years in High Courts as on 31.12.2014 Number of Pending Cases in District and Subordinate Courts as on 31.12.2014 Number of Cases pending for more than 10 years in District and Subordinate Courts as on 31.12.2014
Civil Criminal Civil Criminal Civil Criminal Civil Criminal
3116492 1037465 589631 187999 8234281 18254124 611658 1432079

 

The details of cases disposed of during 2012, 2013 and 2014 by the High Courts and District / Subordinate Courts are given in the Statements at Annexure – I and Annexure – II respectively.

 

Some of the main factors responsible for pendency of cases in courts are increasing number of state and central legislations, accumulation of first appeals, continuation of ordinary civil jurisdiction in some of the High Courts, vacancies of Judges, appeals against orders of quasi-judicial forums going to High Courts, number of revisions / appeals, frequent adjournments, indiscriminate use of writ jurisdiction, lack of adequate arrangement to monitor, track and bunch cases for hearing.

 

The Chief Justices’ Conference held on 03rd and 04th April 2015 has resolved that each High Court shall establish an Arrears Committee to clear the backlog of cases pending for more than five years.  As per information available, Arrears Committees have been set up in the High Courts of (i) Allahabad, (ii) Bombay, (iii) Calcutta, (iv) Chhattisgarh, (v) Delhi, (vi) Himachal Pradesh, (vii) Jammu & Kashmir, (viii) Jharkhand, (ix) Kerala, (x) Madhya Pradesh, (xi) Madras, (xii) Manipur, (xiii) Meghalaya, (xiv) Orissa, (xv) Patna (xvi) Punjab & Haryana, (xvii) Sikkim, (xviii) Tripura, and (xix) Uttrakhand.

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Annexure-I

Pending Court Cases.

Cases disposed of in High Courts during last three years

Sl. No High Court 2012 2013 2014
Disposal of cases Disposal of cases Disposal of cases
1 Allahabad 2,47,539 2,36,821 3,10,294
2 Andhra Pradesh 66,130 58,278 66,239
3 Bombay 1,74,020 1,40,761 1,30,580
4 Calcutta 78,428 1,34,938 95,656
5 Delhi 35,656 35,371 40,154
6 Gujarat 63,778 64,450 74,444
7 Gauhati 35,713 30,308 27,467
8 Himachal Pradesh 37,772 36,455 62,270
9 Jammu &Kashmir 16,380 24,916 23,151
10 Karnataka 1,21,624 1,28,134 1,19,824
11 Kerala 78,801 68,871 72,173
12 Madras 2,46,200 2,31,817 1,29,954
13 Madhya Pradesh 1,00,281 1,11,348 1,29,373
14 Orissa 81,388 70,262 76,523
15 Patna 91,328 82,343 1,04,955
16 Punjab & Haryana 1,08,266 1,11,465 1,14,801
17 Rajasthan 1,31,277 1,27,928 83,792
18 Sikkim 126 140 230
19 Uttarakhand 13,616 15,661 13,386
20 Chhattisgarh 27,817 28,206 28,155
21 Jharkhand 30,030 25,970 22,327
22 Tripura* 0 4,379 5,144
23 Manipur* 0 2,677 1,926
24 Meghalaya* 0 1,418 1,724
Total 17,86,170 17,72,917 17,34,542

*Operationalisation of High Court was notified on 23rd March, 2013.

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Annexure-II

Pending Court Cases.

Cases disposed of in District and Subordinate Courts during last three years

Sl. No States 2012 2013 2014
Disposal of cases Disposal of cases Disposal of cases
1 Andhra Pradesh and Telangana 6,06,447 5,14,867 6,47,130
2 Arunachal Pradesh 7,355 7,444 7,615
3 Assam 2,39,706 3,14,672 2,76,138
4 Bihar 3,04,786 3,15,586 3,05,583
5 Chhattisgarh 1,62,104 1,79,065 1,76,144
6 Goa 33,886 30,717 30,625
7 Gujarat 10,72,123 11,37,159 11,32,433
8 Haryana 7,33,591 6,08,315 5,87,385
9 Himachal Pradesh 2,46,052 2,93,575 4,09,732
10 Jammu & Kashmir 2,91,100 3,07,192 2,97,507
11 Jharkhand 1,23,777 1,18,076 1,10,068
12 Karnataka 10,35,706 10,17,437 13,67,041
13 Kerala 11,12,342 11,71,821 13,55,926
14 Madhya Pradesh 12,17,733 12,73,437 11,13,382
15 Maharashtra 20,48,255 17,10,180 15,36,322
16 Manipur 14,572 16,189 14,257
17 Meghalaya 2,982 3,284 11,691
18 Mizoram 11,747 10,270 10,747
19 Nagaland 3,179 3,062 3,047
20 Orissa 3,00,337 4,14,772 4,70,085
21 Punjab 7,58,927 6,11,671 5,49,300
22 Rajasthan 11,50,808 11,99,745 11,32,028
23 Sikkim 1,913 2,146 2,008
24 Tamil Nadu 14,99,884 18,44,056 16,45,329
25 Tripura 1,48,688 1,58,838 1,93,003
26 Uttar Pradesh 27,98,690 29,66,521 31,82,318
27 Uttarakhand 1,78,409 2,22,318 2,20,660
28 West Bengal  and A & N Island 9,92,367 11,84,289 10,89,309
29 Chandigarh 1,38,558 1,53,772 1,80,616
30 D & N Haveli and Daman & Diu 8,451 3,344 2,771
31 Delhi 9,18,683 9,57,154 9,30,732
32 Lakshadweep 96 93 95
33 Pondicherry 33,899 32,479 28,631
Total 1,81,97,153 1,87,83,546 1,90,19,658

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Source Ministry of Law & Justice 03-March, 2016

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