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Post time 2009-2-14 18:16:33 |Display all floors
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'It will take 466 years to clear all cases at Delhi High Court'

Published: February 13, 2009, 22:58


New Delhi:  The High Court in New Delhi is so behind in its work that it could take up to 466 years to clear the enormous backlog, the court's chief justice said in a damning report that illustrates the decrepitude of India's judicial system.

The Delhi High Court races through each case in an average of four minutes and 55 seconds but still has tens of thousands of cases pending, including upward of 600 that are more than 20 years old, according to the report.

The problems of the Delhi High Court, which hears civil, criminal, and constitutional cases, is more the standard than the exception in India. The country's creaky judicial system has long been plagued by corruption, inefficiency and lack of accountability, often making the rule of law unattainable for all but the wealthy and the well-connected.

The United Nations Development Programme says some 20 million legal cases are pending in India.

"It's a completely collapsed system," said Prashant Bhushan, a well-known lawyer in New Delhi. "This country only lives under the illusion that there is a judicial system."

One reason for the delays is that there aren't enough sitting judges. India - a country of 1.1 billion people - has approximately 11 judges for every million people compared with roughly 110 per million in the United States. India's Justice Ministry last year called for an increase of 50 judges per million people by 2013, but it was unclear how the government would pay for such a massive overhaul.

The Delhi High Court, the state's top court, had 32 judges in 2007 and 2008 instead of the allotted 48, according to the chief justice's annual report, released last Tuesday.

The court had at least 629 civil cases and 17 criminal cases pending that were more than 20 years old as of March 2008. Although, that's an improvement from April 2007 when the court had 882 civil and 428 criminal cases pending that were that old.

Chief Justice A.P. Shah said in the report that "it would take the court approximately 466 years" to clear the pending 2,300 criminal appeals cases alone. Critics say another major problem is corruption, a plague throughout every layer of Indian government.

"Of course corruption is there," said J.S. Verma, a retired Supreme Court justice. "The people who man the courts and the court system come from the society" where corruption is commonplace.

Critics say other problems include the strict formalities that slow down every step of the legal process and are common across India's vast bureaucracy.

The Delhi High Court hears cases for five hours and 15 minutes a day, and is open for 213 working days a year, according to the report. Verma and others said the court could easily work longer hours.

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Post time 2009-2-14 18:21:24 |Display all floors
cool

so many will be dead for a few hundred years before they are found guilty or innocent

?

what a great system

the USA would be interested in importing that system I am sure

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Post time 2009-2-14 21:33:26 |Display all floors
Originally posted by betrayed at 2009-2-14 19:21
cool

so many will be dead for a few hundred years before they are found guilty or innocent

?

what a great system

the USA would be interested in importing that system I am sure




That's actually not bad for criminals. They have a high chance to never see a court or even a jail from inside.

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Post time 2009-2-15 01:58:29 |Display all floors

Reply #1 bhapataka's post

This is what we get for a definition no mention of a legal system with no emphasis to prompt execution of the law.


decrepitude

Definition
decrepit   adjective
in very bad condition because of being old, or not having been cared for, or having been used a lot:
Most of the buildings were old and decrepit.
A decrepit old man sat on a park bench.

decrepitude   noun [U] FORMAL
a state of decrepitude

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Post time 2009-2-15 16:24:27 |Display all floors
Let them drown in it.
"Justice prevails... evil justice."

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Post time 2009-2-15 19:58:42 |Display all floors

"Justice"

"Justice" is an illusion.It would be wonderful is all lawyers and judges were sacked and some simpler
syetem devised.Anyway the biggest and most brutal criminals get away - Bush,Bliar,Howard,Truman,
Johnson,Victoria,Salisbury ("India must be bled").When will the Indian people get justice for being looted
for 200 years,for the 40 million starvation deaths,for the horrors of partition and the bloody suppression of
the first war of independance ?

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Post time 2009-2-15 20:42:07 |Display all floors
Originally posted by seneca at 2009-2-15 16:16
So what's preferable - no law at all, or laws and courts that work, albeit slowly?

Give the judges a daily dose of caffeine, and you will see they can speed up their slow work. Maybe their back ...

May be only devour caffeine as staple can let them get rid of the burden.

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