CJI pushes for doubling strength of judiciary

Chief Justice of India (CJI) Altamas Kabir has written to all chief justices of high courts, asking them to strongly take up the matter with state governments regarding doubling the strength of the judiciary.
“It is emphasized that the state government must be persuaded to agree to double the existing number of courts in subordinate judiciary, along with the necessary furnished infrastructure and ministerial staff, at the earliest,” the CJI says in his letter.
The letter also asked the chief justices to take urgent steps at high courts to ensure that existing vacancies are filled up.
Earlier, in a meeting of the National Court Management System (NCMS), the CJI proposed to the government to double the strength of judiciary. Sources in the law ministry said the CJI has set a target of taking the strength of the judiciary from the current 18,871 to more than 30,000 in the next five years.
A senior law ministry official said the government has started the process and has called a meeting of all the chief ministers and chief justices of high courts on April 5-7 to formulate a comprehensive strategy and put the targeted recruitment on fast track.
This would be one of the biggest recruitment drives of judges so far. An allocation of Rs.2,800 crore has already been earmarked by the law ministry for this purpose.

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