NEW DELHI: The Centre has asked the second national judicial pay commission, which was notified in November, to find out the number of lower court judges required to clear the backlog of cases.
The higher judiciary and the executive have been at variance over the exact strength of the subordinate judiciary. Currently, India has less than 22,000 sanctioned posts for judicial officers in the lower judiciary, of which nearly 5,000 are vacant.
The law ministry, which drafted the terms of reference for the commission has also tasked the panel — headed by former Supreme Court judge and chairman of the Law Commission of India Justice PV Reddi – with reviewing the work environment for the lower judiciary and rationalising the cadre to “promote efficiency and optimising the size of the judiciary.”
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