Go to strike only if something serious happens to legal fraternity: CJI
Chennai: Expressing concern over loss of
man-hours due to lawyers' striking work over various issues,
Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan on Saturday suggested they
resort to protest only if something serious happens to the
legal fraternity or they run the risk of being "relegated" by
"A large number of days are lost by strike, which is very
unfortunate. Resort to strike only if something serious
happens to the legal fraternity," he said after inaugurating
the High Court Judges Guest House here.
The frequent strikes add to woes of increasing pendency of
cases as "it is very painful to not to dispose off cases," he
said, adding cases should be disposed off in a maximum of two
By resorting to strikes, advocates were doing no good to
society or their profession and there is a danger of their
being "relegated" by the public if there are frequent boycotts
of courts by advocates, he said.
Expressing concern over about 3.5 crore pending cases in
courts across the country, the CJI said filing of cases has
grown by 28 percent in the last few years.
"We are not able to bring it down significantly though we
want to. Some states in the country don't pay enough attention
to the judiciary. Unless there is a large number of courts,
how can the pendency come down?" he said.