Whither Justice ? 86 cases listed in a day in one court @ SC. How many minutes will a case get ? How will parties get justice ?

After spending lakhs of rupees, litigants seek justice from the Apex court. Some senior advocates are known to charge up to Rs. 2 …. 3 lakhs per case / per hearing …and it is now revealed that 86 cases were listed in one court in one day… Assuming that a court functions effectively for 6 hours (10.00 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an hour for lunch) its 86 cases over 360 minutes… so a case would get 4 minutes on an average !! How would justice be delivered in 4 minutes or even 10 minutes ? how would the parties be able to explain their respective stand and bring home the truth ? this “system” works like a machine and men and women are just cogs in the wheel !!

God save us all

=========== news from TOI ========

Jul 13 2016 : The Times of India (Delhi)

Eid overload: SC lists record 1,330 cases for hearing in a day

AmitAnand Choudhary

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court witnessed chaotic scenes in its corridor and some of the court rooms with advocates finding it difficult to enter the court room or make their way to the front to argue cases as an unmanageable number of litigants and lawyers turned up in court. A record 1,330 cases were listed for hearing on Tuesday .

The number of cases listed for hearing was much higher in comparison to normal days as the court took up additional cases which were listed for July 7 but could not be heard because of Eid holiday . Around 700-800 cases are listed for hearing on normal days.

With a large number of people turning up on court premises, the corridor around the court room was jampacked and the lawyers, who keep run ning from one court room to another court usually , were finding it very difficult to make their way.

Around 1,080 cases were listed for hearing before 15 benches and 250 cases were listed before registrar on Tuesday .The worst situation was in court number 4 where 86 cases were listed for hearing and lawyers were jostling and bumping against each other to reach the front to argue their case. SC Bar Association president Dushyant Dave, who was appearing in one of the cases, brought to the court’s attention the chaos inside and outside the court room. SC Bar Association pres ident and senior advo cate Dushyant Dave told a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and C Nagappan that it was like “sabzi mandi“ (vegetable market) outside and pleaded they take a look at the prevailing situation by coming out of the court room.

“Senior advocate K Prasaran was virtually knocked out outside. 80-100 cases are listed before each court today . It is not a healthy situation. Please come out and have a look at the chaotic situation,“ he told the Bench.

Dave said that court proceeding should be split in two sessions and two separate lists should be prepared so that only those lawyers would be present in court whose matter would be taken up in one session and the crowd would become manageable.

Senior advocate Sanjay Hegde, who was to argue in deemed university case and was able to go to the front, said in a lighter vein that he has been illegally detained by the crowd, drawing laughter from the judges and lawyers present.

The number of cases listed for hearing in SC has been growing over the years but the court’s infrastructure has not kept up or expanded.In the beginning, there were only eight judges in the Su preme Court including the chief justice.

As the work of the court increased and the number of pending cases grew, Parliament stepped in to increase the number of judges, from the original eight in 1950 to 10 in 1956, 13 in 1960, 17 in 1977, 26 in 1986 and 31 in 2008.



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