UP tops in pendency of civil, criminal cases in courts



New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh has topped the list of pending civil and criminal cases in high courts and subordinate courts.

According to the latest data of Law and Justice Ministry for 2008, a total of 9,11,858 cases were pending in the Allahabad High Court.

There were 51,60,174 cases pending in different subordinate courts in Uttar Pradesh, the data said.

Madras, Bombay and Calcutta High Courts also have 4,51,496, 3,69,978 and 3,00,473 pending cases respectively.

There were over 1.20 lakh pending cases in the Patna High Court and about 70,000 cases in Delhi during the said period. A total of 1,22,719 civil related cases and 60,305 criminal matters were also awaiting decisions in Madhya Pradesh High Court, it said.

The situation in North East states was comparatively better than the other areas. There were 62,110 pending cases in Gauhati High Court while in the Sikkim High Court, only 80 cases were pending till 2007, the data said.

There were 17,822 cases pending in Uttarakhand High Court last year.

The Centre is periodically reviewing judges' strength in high courts and ensuring prompt filling up of vacancies so that administration of justice does not suffer from inadequate number of Judges.

"On the basis of these reviews, 163 posts of judges have been created in various high courts. The strength of Judges in Supreme Court has also been increased from 26 to 31," a senior Ministry official said.

There were about 40 lakh cases pending in different subordinate courts in Maharashtra, 24 lakh in west Bengal and 14 lakh in Bihar, the data said.

A total of 12 lakh cases were also pending in courts in Rajasthan and nearly 11.50 lakh cases in various subordinate courts in Delhi.

Courts in Sikkim, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Meghalaya have 788, 5,703, 6,392, 7,977 and 12,355 cases respectively pending last year.

A lowest of 156 cases were pending in different subordinate courts in Lakshadweep in 2008.

As per the information received from the Registry of the Supreme Court, 50,659 matters (31,363 admission matters and 19,296 regular hearing matters) were pending there as on June 1, 2009.

Bureau Report