CHENNAI: Stating that a mismatch between the inflow of cases and the judges’ strength makes it difficult to render justice on time, the Madras High Court said solutions have to be found to improve the management and functioning of the system.
The First Bench, comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice TS Sivagnanam, made the observation while disposing of a PIL seeking direction to prescribe the maximum time-limit for disposal of pending cases. The Bench added that filling up the vacancies of judges was obstructed by the action of the advocates.
The petitioner AR Kumar approached the court to direct its Registrar-General to maintain a diary in each court to give specific dates for each case for hearing and to prescribe a time-limit for disposal of pending cases.
In his petition, Kumar said he has been filing cases relating to his service issues for the past 27 years. Almost all the cases were admitted and notice ordered returnable by specific period, but there was no development after that, he added. Kumar further submitted a consultation paper on case management by the Law Commission. Recording the submission, the Bench said, “These are all matters which have been examined on the administration side and the implementation of the process is on.”