Delays in Legal System

Our legal system makes life easy for criminals: SC

‘While Law-Abiding Citizens’s Cry For Justice Gets Muffled’

Dhananjay Mahapatra TNN

  New Delhi: “Our legal system has made life too easy for criminals and too difficult for law-abiding citizens,” said the Supreme Court on Friday, summing up its frustration over the way rich and influential accused use every tactics to delay the trial to frustrate law-abiding citizens and muffle their cry for justice.

     The poignant comment fitted aptly to the Geetika Sharma suicide case, where former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda continues to evade police despite being named in the FIR as the one who allegedly drove the 23-year-old woman to take the extreme step.

      The bench’s observation was recorded in a judgment dismissing petitions by accused to quash the 37-yearold trial in the L N Mishra murder case after it found that the petitioners who sought an end to it on the ground of inordinate delay were themselves responsible for the delay.

3.2 cr cases pending in HCs, lower courts

TNN Dec 20, 2011, 01.29AM IST

     NEW DELHI: The government on Monday said around 3.2 crore cases were pending in high courts and subordinate courts across the country while 56,383 cases were pending in the Supreme Court.

     It also said 74% of the total 3.2 crore cases were less than five years old. Similarly, 20,334 out of the 56,383 pending cases in the apex court were less than one year old.



Pending from the Previous Month

Registered during the month

Disposed of during the month

Disposed of matters pertaining to Previous months, but updated this month

Pending at the end of the month

  A B C D A+B-(C+D)
 Admission Matters  36833  7105  8322  87  35529
 Regular Hearing Matters  27018  1139  319   25  27813 
Total 63851 8244 8641 112 63342

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