Chandigarh, Oct 1 (UNI) The pendency rate in Punjab, Haryana and the Union Territory of Chandigarh has climbed to approximately 1.2 million cases mainly due to the shortage of judges and judicial officers.
This pendency rate includes the cases in the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the lower courts in the two states and the Union Territory, High Court Chief Justice Vijender Jain disclosed at a media conference here today.
In the High Court alone there are about 2.60 lakh cases being heard. In Punjab the pendency rate is about 5.30 lakh cases and the figure is approximately the same for Haryana and for Chandigarh it is about one lakh cases, Justice Jain said.
Justice Jain said that there are 480 judicial officers in Punjab and Haryana and the process is on by the governments of the two states to recruit more officers. In the High Court there are currently 33 judges against the sanctioned strength of 55 judges, he added.