If courts in Gujarat continue to dispose of piled up cases at current rate, chances are that there will be no old case pending in next three years.
Gujarat has earned the distinction of disposing of maximum number of cases pending for the past 10 years. According to the data of National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG), the lower courts in the state together disposed of 3,68,762 cases between 2015 to 2018. In the same period, All subordinate courts across the country had disposed over 12 lakh such cases during the same period. Uttar Pradesh was the second fastest in speedy disposal by clearing 2,68,465 cases.
In fact, the disposal rate of cases in the state has been consistently high for the last four years.
High court officials said that the high rate of disposal of old cases is mainly due to different initiatives taken. Regular meetings and monitoring of judicial officers at district level helped in bringing down the pendency rate of more than a decade-old cases. At district levels too meetings are held with lawyers to impart training and sensitization so that the old cases are not dragged for long. “The national lok adalats also help a lot in disposing the old cases,” an official said.