As per the law minister of India, Kiren Rijiju, there is a total number of 5850 vacancies of Judicial Officers in the District and Subordinate Courts across the country out of sanctioned strength of 25042 as on 19th December 2022. These details were released on a question asked by MP Kanimozhi regarding shortage of judges and vacant posts in the courts of the country.
"From 01.01.2020 till 19.12.2022, 12 Judges have been appointed in the Supreme Court of India. In case of High Courts, 351 judges have been appointed in various High Courts of the country. As on 19.12.2022, against the sanctioned strength of 34 Judges, 28 Judges are working in the Supreme Court of India, leaving a vacancy of 6 Judges. In case of the High Courts, against the sanctioned strength of 1108 Judges, 775 Judges are working in the High Courts, there is a vacancy of 333 Judges to be filled", the Minister said in his written response to the Lok Sabha MP.
Currently, there are six vacancies in the Supreme Court of India out of the sanctioned strength of 34. Further, the combined strength sanctioned for all 25 high courts of the country is 1108. As per the response, the working strength of all High Courts in the country currently is 775 and there are a total number of 333 vacancies that existed the moment.
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