A representation made to the five senior-most Judges of the Supreme Court has demanded that the Registrar General be directed to plan the annual calendar in such a way so that the Apex Court works at least 225 days per year, 06 hours per day. The representation, made by Advocate Ashwini Upadhyay further demands that High Courts be directed to:
The representation has been addressed to Chief Justice J.S. Khehar, Justice Dipak Misra, Justice J. Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice M.B. Lokur, as also the Attorney General of India and the Registrar General of the Apex Court.
It relies on a resolution passed in October, 2009, at a seminar titled ‘National Consultation for Strengthening the Judiciary towards Reducing Pendency and Delays’, wherein the participants had reaffirmed their commitment to reduce the pendency of cases from 15 years to 3 years. The resolution had been passed by the CJI, along with the Judges of the Supreme Court and the High Courts, Law Minister and Law ministry representatives, Attorney General, Solicitor General, Law officers, Members of Bar & MPs.
The letter further makes the following recommendations:
“That the deliberate delays in filing the counter and rejoinder affidavit, unnecessary adjournment, procedural complexity and use of English language escalate the costs of litigation enormously for common man, deterring them from seeking intervention of the Courts. This prohibitive cost is particularly detrimental to judicial redressal in simple cases of torts, commercial disputes, service matter, civil or criminal wrongs,” the letter states.