31% of judicial posts in India's high courts remain vacant

New reports show that 31 per cent of the sanctioned posts in India's high courts remain vacant - a whopping 285 vacant posts at the end of 2011. According to the Ministry of Law, the main problem they face in filling the posts is the lack of “sufficient proposals” from the chief justices of the various high courts.   The vacancies remain in spite of a considerable number of promotions in recent months: three new judges were appointed to the Delhi High Court on 17 October 2011, and there were eight additions to the bench of the Allahabad High Court in November.   On 21 December 2011 the President appointed ten new Judges to the High Court of Madras and Bombay, and appointed Justice Adarsh Goel, a judge in the Gauhati High Court, as Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court. Justice Vikramajit Sen, also from the Delhi High Courts, had earlier been transferred to the Karnataka High Court and has now been made the Chief Justice of the same court. On 27 December 2011 the President also appointed Justice Nawal Kishore Agarwal as a permanent judge of the Chattisgarh High Court and appointed Justice T Raja to be a Judge of the Madras High Court.

31% of judicial posts in India's high courts remain vacant barandbench.com barandbench.com Mon, Jan 23, 2012