Law panel for timeframe to dispose of cases

Law panel for timeframe to dispose of cases

Law panel for timeframe to dispose of cases

The Law Commission on Monday recommended “urgent measures” to increase the strength of judges in High Courts and subordinate courts and the need to set up a timeframe to dispose of cases. 

This came on the same day the Centre rued that more than three crore cases were pending across the country. 

In a report submitted to the Law Ministry, the Commission, which advises the government on complex legal issues, also recommended increasing the retirement age of judges of lower courts to 62, bringing it on a par with judges of the 24 High Courts.

According to Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who tabled the latest data on pending cases in the country in the Lok Sabha, while 63,843 cases are pending in the Supreme Court as on May 1, 44.62 lakh cases were pending in the 24 High Courts at the end on 2013.

The Commission said there is an “urgent need” to “fix rational, non-mandatory time frames for different types of cases to set judge performance standards, litigant expectations and making robust policy recommendations for the judiciary.”

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