Bet you have.
Chronic and unconscionable delays have been one of the ugly hallmarks of the Indian justice system.
Back when we used to live in India, we’d heard from family and friends of court cases (particularly land disputes) that dragged on for years and years and years.
It looks like that things have not changed even now. Things may have even gotten worse.
Here are some horribly depressing statistics on the pending court cases in India as of August 30, 2008:
* There are 3.88 million cases pending in the Indian High Courts
* There are 25.24 million cases pending in the subordinate courts
* Things are not that great in the Supreme Court either where there were 48,838 cases pending
Folks, that’s a total of over 29 million pending court cases in India.Â How many decades do you think it’s going to take to clear this massive backlog?
Source: Rajya Sabha (Upper House of the Indian Parliament) discussions of December 15, 2008
The Times of India reported the other day that there are 500,000 cases ofÂ bounced checks alone pending in the five courts of Delhi.Â
We think the total of 29+ million pending cases in Indian courts are not only beyond obscene but an underestimate of the magnitude of the grave crisis in the Indian judicial system.