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Karnataka High Court has less than 50% of approved judges

By: Abhishek

Bangalore, Aug 31st, 2017: The Karnataka High Court has only 27 judges against the total approved strength of 62.

The High court has over 13 lakh pending cases. Karnataka stands on 8th position in the number of pending cases in the country.

The Karnataka High Court website shows that principal bench, Bangalore, has 20 judges, while Dharwad and Kalaburagi have five and three judges respectively..

“The work load of judges has increased because of the vacancies” said H.C Shivaramu, president of Advocates’ Association, Bangalore.

Another, advocate, T.C. Dodamani said that the public is dissatisfied and is blaming the advocates for the delay. He says that this is especially true in subjects of criminal and bail cases, where urgency is required.

M. Veerabhadraiah, another advocate, claims that the collegium system is not functioning properly.

The appointment of high court judges is governed by Article 217 the Constitution of India. It says the Chief justice of a High Court must take initiative to fill up any vacancy at least six months before the date of vacancy. But official website of Department of Justice shows that in the Karnataka High Court, three permanent judges were last appointed on December 30, 2016. Two additional judges were appointed on February 21, 2017.

The Chief justice of the Karnataka High Court is due to retire on October 9, 2017 and Judge Ashok B. Hinchigeri recently retired on August 23, 2017.

 

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