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India's Legal System Is Grinding To A Halt
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-6-2007 | Rahul Bedi

Posted on 12/06/2007 4:55:17 PM PST by blam

India's legal system is grinding to a halt

By Rahul Bedi in New Delhi
Last Updated: 3:00am GMT 06/12/2007

India's addiction to litigation has left its justice system at breaking point with almost 30 million cases pending.

Figures published by justice officials revealed that it could take more than a decade to clear the backlog.

Around 25 million civil and criminal cases await adjudication in overcrowded magisterial and sessions courts, as do another 3.7 million in 35 high courts across the country.

As a consequence, tens of thousands of Indians facing trial are crammed into overcrowded prisons, the majority incarcerated for terms far longer than any potential sentence would dictate.

Lawyers said that many cases eventually end up being resolved by the litigants' death. Some people have abandoned the legal system and sought to settle their differences by other means.

Poor pay for judges means that there are large numbers of vacancies, with the courts short of more than 3,000 judges. The Chief Justice of India, the country's most senior, and best-paid, legal officer earns just over £5,000 a year.

TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: halt; india; legal; system

1 posted on 12/06/2007 4:55:20 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

Sounds about like the US court system...

Read Dickens’ “Bleak House”. That says it all.

Fortunately for England, the British have since fixed their system. Now the rest of us have to follow suit. . .

2 posted on 12/06/2007 5:15:57 PM PST by CondorFlight (I)
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