Similar is the case with the 24 high courts of the country where pending cases were pegged at 41.52 lakh at the end of 2014. In December 2015, the pendency went down to 38.70 lakh. But at the end of 2016, the cases went up to 40.15 lakh but were less than the pendency in 2014.
But in the subordinate courts -- considered the backbone of the country's justice delivery system -- the pendency of cases has gone up in the last three years.
While the pending cases in 2014 were recorded at 2.64 crore, they went up to 2.70 crore in 2015. In December 2016, the pending cases went up to 2.74 crore.
The high courts have a shortage of 413 judges as on September 1. While the approved strength is 1,079, these are working with 666 judges.
The lower courts with an approved strength of nearly 20,000 judicial officers is short of 4,937 judicial officers.