STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Pendency of mounting case arrears: SC for paving rules for ad hoc judges

A bench headed by CJI S A Bobde was informed that many high courts have supported the proposition to appoint ad hoc judges to overcome vacancy crisis.

Published: 09th April 2021 02:35 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th April 2021 09:02 AM   |  A+A-

Supreme Court

Supreme Court (Photo| Shekhar Yadav, EPS)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday said it was intending to lay down guidelines for the appointment of ad-hoc judges in the High Courts to tackle the problem of mounting case arrears.

A bench headed by CJI S A Bobde was informed that many high courts have supported the proposition to appoint ad hoc judges to overcome vacancy crisis.

The submission was made in view of the inordinate delay by the Centre in forwarding proposals to the SC collegium for scrutiny.

The Madras, Calcutta and Karnataka HCs said there is no need for ad hoc judges right now. 

However, counsel for MP, Madras and Kerala said if the recommendation made by the HC chief justice for an ad hoc judge is sent to the government and the latter takes its own time to clear, the purpose to have ad hoc judges will be frustrated.

Such proposals should be referred to the President directly, they said. 

Though Centre did not oppose the idea, but cautioned that recommendation for ad hoc judges should not be done in lieu of making regular appointments.

Additional Solicitor General RS Suri emphasised that the due process  must be followed to appoint ad hoc judges, which would require both the collegium and Centre to be in the loop.

The bench asked the lawyers for all high courts to hold deliberations and chalk out a common protocol to appoint ad hoc judges. 



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp