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India has court backlog of 40 million cases, chief justice says

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NEW DELHI, April 30 – India has more than 40 million cases pending in lower courts, the country’s chief justice said on Saturday, highlighting a huge backlog in the legal system.

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Courts were falling short of judges crucial to their efficient function, NV Ramana told a conference attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief ministers of most states.

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“We have 20 judges per million population, which is highly inadequate to deal with the rising trend of litigation,” Ramana said.

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Many of the 24,000 approved positions for judicial officers on India’s lower courts remain unfilled, Ramana said, without specifying a number.

Reporting by Suchitra Mohanty in New Delhi; Editing by William Mallard

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APRIL 30, 2022

https://www.reuters.com/world/india/india-has-court-backlog-40-million-cases-chief-justice-says-2022-04-30/

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