Kolkata, July 1(ANI): A campaign mode approach is being launched from today till December 31 to reduce pendency in courts, Union Law and Justice Minister Dr. M. Veerappa Moily has said.
"It is also the endeavour to dispose of long pending cases pertaining to senior citizens, minors, disabled and other marginalized group. Though the target may not be reached in 2012, ongoing efforts to reduce pendency need to be given greater momentum, in view of the various measures initiated by the government in recent times and the substantial funding made available," Moily said in a speech in Kolkata.
According to figures compiled by the Supreme Court, a total of 42,17,903 number of cases were pending in the High Courts as on September 30, 2010, comprising of 33,36,256 civil cases and 8,81,647 criminal cases.
In the Subordinate Courts, this figure was 2,79,53,070 comprising 78,56,456 civil cases and 2,00,96,614 criminal cases.
It is estimated that in some of the subordinate courts over 30-40 percent of arrears relate to petty cases and out of the total pending cases, nine percent of the cases were pending for 10 years and above and 24 percent cases were pending for 5-10 years in both, High Court and Subordinate Courts. (ANI)