Chronic shortage of judicial officers: CJI
New Delhi: Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishanan today expressed concern over the "chronic shortage" of judicial officers, which is hindering efforts to overcome ever-increasing number of pending cases.
There are structural obstacles which discourage talented law graduates from joining the judicial services and over 17 per cent posts of judicial officers remained vacant in the subordinate judiciary, he said.
"There has undoubtedly been a chronic shortage of judicial officers, especially at subordinate level and there are also some structural obstacles which discourage talented law graduates from joining judicial services," the CJI said at a conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of High Courts here.
He quoted the Law Commission report to say that the judicial system needed to be expanded by at least five times in order to meet the judge-to-population ratio of developed countries.
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