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10 fewer empty chairs in HCs as judicial vacancies decrease to 275

Judicial chairs: 275 still empty
Judicial chairs: 275 still empty

Judicial vacancies have decreased since last year across 21 high courts in India but nevertheless 30 per cent of 895 judges’ posts sanctioned remain vacant, according to statistics released on Monday.

A total of 57 new judges were appointed across all high courts this year, accounting for an increase of barely 7 per cent of sanctioned judicial strength.

275 out of 895 sanctioned judge-posts lie vacant this year, according to statistics released by the department of justice (DoJ) in the ministry of law and justice on Monday.

An additional 10 posts have been filled since 2011 when, according to a Right to Information (RTI) response, 285 out of 895 sanctioned posts were vacant.

Allahabad high court, the largest of all with a sanctioned strength of 160, leads in the vacancy stakes with 76 unoccupied posts (as well as in the number of pending cases), while Punjab & Haryana – the third largest – comes in second with 26 out of 68 posts vacant.

Allahabad’s vacancy increased by 12 posts since last year, while at Punjab & Haryana one post was vacated.

This year saw the appointment of 11 additional but no permanent judges at Allahabad, according to further DoJ data. Allahabad still lacks 20 permanent and 56 additional judges.

Punjab & Haryana lacks seven permanent and 19 additional judges, and appointed three permanent and four additional judges this year.

The Bombay high court has a total shortfall of 19 judges, including seven permanent appointments, while in Delhi 13 vacancies are unfilled, of which five are permanent.

Judicial vacancies as at 1 October 2012

Sl. No. Name of the Court Approved Strength Working Strength Vacancies as per Approved Strength
A. Supreme Court of India 31 25 6
B. High Court Pmt. Addl. Total Pmt. Addl. Total Pmt. Addl. Total
1 Allahabad* 76 84 160 56 28 84 20 56 76
2 Andhra Pradesh * #32 17 49 28 04 32 04 13 17
3 Bombay 48 27 75 41 15 56 07 12 19
4 Calcutta 45 13 58 41 02 43 04 11 15
5 Chhattisgarh #07 11 18 06 06 12 01 05 06
6 Delhi 29 19 48 24 11 35 05 08 13
7 Gauhati 17 07 24 15 08 23 02 -1 01
8 Gujarat 29 13 42 19 08 27 10 05 15
9 Himachal Pradesh #08 03 11 08 03 11 - - -
10 Jammu & Kashmir 9 05 14 06 01 07 03 04 07
11 Jharkhand 10 10 20 06 05 11 04 05 09
12 Karnataka #34 16 50 33 05 38 01 11 12
13 Kerala 27 11 38 23 07 30 04 04 08
14 Madhya Pradesh * 32 11 43 26 06 32 06 05 11
15 Madras #43 17 60 41 11 52 02 06 08
16 Orissa 17 05 22 14 - 14 03 05 08
17 Patna 29 14 43 28 09 37 01 05 06
18 Punjab& Haryana 38 30 68 31 11 42 07 19 26
19 Rajasthan 32 08 40 18 06 24 14 02 16
20 Sikkim 03 - 03 02 - 02 01 - 01
21 Uttarakhand 09 - 09 08 - 08 01 - 01
Total 574 321 895 474 146 620 100 175 275

* Acting Chief Justice

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