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Justice delayed: India’s top courts take 10-15 years to decided on a case, says Law ministry study

22 June 2016

New Delhi: A study commissioned by the Union Law ministry has thrown up some interesting findings with regard to the functioning and efficiency of the judiciary and the judges. In the latest bit of information trickling out, the report has found that stays on proceedings ordered by India’s top courts – High Courts and the Supreme Court – leads to delays in trial of up to 6.5 years.

The report, which found no relation between the judges - population ratio on the pendency of cases in courts, has also said that the average time a case takes to reach its conclusion in India’s top courts ranges between 10 to 15 years, spending half its life span in limbo on account of stays granted by the higher judiciary.

A study of annual reports of the Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Odisha HCs found that trial proceedings had been stayed by superior courts in more than 15,300 civil and criminal cases.