No new judges have been appointed in any of the 24 High Courts in India for almost a year now. The last appointment was made in December 2014 before the NJAC Act 2014 got the Presidentâ€™s ascent, only to be struck down by the Supreme Court of India in October 2015.
Going by the current pace of appointment of judges in India, the number of courtrooms available for trial will be more than that of the number of judges by the end of 2015.
It is estimated that a minimum of 18,400 court rooms will be available for holding trials by the end of this year while the current strength of judges is roughly 15,600 according to a Times of India report.
The report also states that 36 percent of the total sanctioned posts for HC judges are vacant throughout the country while the state of the lower judiciary is slightly better with 22 percent of the total sanctioned posts vacant as of now.
A media report stated that in December 2014, more than 3 crore cases were pending across the country.