High Court Judges Get Just 5-6 Minutes to Decide Cases; Research

Mounting cases and shortage of judges are great challenges facing-the Indian judiciary. Now, for the first
time, a study has quantitatively analysed the won pressure on judges and the results are shocking. A judgt in a High Court spends less than 5 minutes, on ar average, hearing a case, says the research.

“The most relaxed high court judges in the countn have 15-16 minutes to hear a case, while the busiest have just about 2.5 minutes to hear a case and, on average, the\ have approximately five-six minutes to decide a case,’ according to the study conducted by Daksh, a Bengaluru based non-governmental organisation that studies and analyses judicial performance. For example, in the Calcutta High Court there are 163 cases listed before a judge on an average day and just over five and half hours are spent hearing cases. The judge, therefore, gets around two minutes over each case.

Similarly, given the very high volume of cases listed before them, judges in the high courts of Patna, Hydera­bad, Jharkhand and Rajasthan get two three minutes on each case per day while in Allahabad, Gujarat, Karnataka, MP and Odisha, they spend 4-6 minutes.

The study has analysed 19 lakh cases and 95 lakh hearings from 21 HCs from January 2015 to the present.

Kishore Mandyam, co-founder of Daksh, called for a systemic change in cour? procedures so that a realistic number of cases are listed and judges find ample time for hearing and writing well-reasoned judgements.

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