23 October, 2020

70 Years Of Indian Judiciary | Opinion: Height Of Administrative Mismanagement Best Highlighted By Plight Of High Court Judges

The judiciary must understand that high court judges lack the time and skill for complex managerial tasks. It's time to recruit skilled managers from government or private sector, say Chitrakshi Jain and Shreya Tripathy

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70 Years Of Indian Judiciary | Opinion: Height Of Administrative Mismanagement Best Highlighted By Plight Of High Court Judges
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2020-08-30T16:21:15+05:30

The judiciary is one of the most complicated cogs in the governance machinery. Spread over each and every taluka of the country, it comprises of over 17,891 judges at the district/taluka level, about 676 judges at the high court level and 33 judges in the Supreme Court. We estimate a staff of approximately 32,000 bureaucrats supporting the high courts, with the graph rising at the district/taluka level. It is the judiciary that has to recruit these bureaucrats, manage its own physical and digital infrastructure, and plan for future requirements. The central and state governments have an army of IAS officers et al to help in planning and execution, but the managerial functions of the judiciary are discharged almost exclusively by the high court judges, who have to juggle it with their adjudicatory role. Little surprise then that judicial administration is mismanaged at such an epic scale.

Every now and then, you see the Supreme Court get bellicose on the high courts. In an ongoing litigation initiated suo motu by the former Chief Justice of India, all high court registrars...

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