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52 top judges to convene for Delhi mega judicial summit, hope to solve pendency & more

24 CJs and 28 SC judges will converge on Delhi between April 4 and 7 with tall orders.
24 CJs and 28 SC judges will converge on Delhi between April 4 and 7 with tall orders.
A total of 24 high court chief justices and 28 Supreme Court judges will get together on April 5 and 6 in Delhi to discuss how to solve the pendency problem, reported the Times of India.

The judges will be welcomed with a dinner hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee on 4 April, and on 7 April more Delhi judges will meet with law minister Ashwani Kumar and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss recommendations.

Top of the agenda is the question of how to crack the problem of pending cases.

Also tabled are the fast tracking of judicial appointments and the setting up of more fast-track courts, for which the central government had earmarked Rs 2,800 crore ($514m), according to the Times.

A Times source said that the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Altamas Kabir was targeting to increase the number of judges from 18,871 currently to more than 30,000 within five years, having written to all high courts to lobby for doubling the bench strength in their states. Supreme Court projections estimate that at least 75,000 judges will be required in 30 years as the number of cases would increase to 150 million.

The National Court Management System (NCMS) under Kabir last year had vowed to rid the courts of cases older than five years.

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