‘High Courts Are In A Crisis Situation’: Supreme Court Lays Down Time Line For Appointment Of High Court Judges

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Case: PLR Projects Ltd vs Mahanadi Coalfields Pvt Ltd

Coram: CJI SA Bobde, Justices SK Kaul and Surya Kant

Case No: Transfer Petition (Civil) No. 2419 of 2019

Court Observation: “The High Courts are in a crisis situation. There are almost 40%vacancies in the High Courts, with many of the larger High Courts working under 50% of their sanctioned strength”,

“We are conscious that the aforesaid exercise is collaborative in nature and we would expect promptness in this process to facilitate the larger cause of dispensation of timely justice”,

“…The convention laid down is that an endeavour should be made that recommendations for vacancies are sent six months in advance. This is an aspect which the Chief Justices of the High Courts would look into. This period of six months arises from the expectation that the said period would be enough for processing the names from the recommendation stage till appointment. Thus, sending names six months in advance would be meaningful only if the process till appointment is complete within six months which is a work the Government must attend to”


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