High Courts facing shortage of 471 judges

While several lakhs cases are pending in various courts across the country, 25 High Courts are working with merely 627 Judges as compared to the sanctioned strength of 1098 Judges.

The figures released by the Ministry of Law and Justice on October 1, 2021, show that the high courts are facing a shortage of 471 Judges. In September, a total of 465 posts of judges were lying vacant in the high courts. The figure was 455 in August and 449 in July.

Of the 25 high courts, the Allahabad High Court has the most vacant posts numbering 69; followed by the Punjab & Haryana High Court with 40 vacancies and Calcutta, Bombay and Patna high courts with 36, 35 and 34 vacancies respectively.

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