65,178 cases pending for more than a year
82 cases awaiting disposal for 20 to 30 years
17 cases pending for more than 30 years
The highest appellate body in the region, Jammu Kashmir High Court, is burdened with thousands of pending cases, some even over 30 years, leaving the litigants in despair due to the absence of speedy justice.
Judiciary being the last hope for people to seek justice has lost its efficiency in prompt disposal of cases as over 75,000 cases are pending in the J&K High Court.
As per the latest data available on National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG), on January 21, 2020, a total of 75,705 cases were pending in both the wings of the High Court – Jammu and Srinagar – of which 39,883 cases are civil, 8137 are criminal, and 27,685 are writ petitions.
A total of 65,178 cases comprising 34,402 civil, 6093 criminal, and 24,683 writ petitions are pending for more than a year.
“A total of 82 cases of which 68 are civil, four are criminal cases and 10 writ litigations, are awaiting disposal for 20 to 30 years,” the data reveals.
The figures point out that 17 cases comprising four civil, five criminal cases and eight writ petitions were pending for more than 30 years, thereby playing havoc with the common people’s faith in the justice system.
Of the 17 pending litigations, 14 cases are being dragged in Jammu wing of High Court whereas three cases are awaiting disposal in Srinagar wing.
The cases filed by female folk amass to 2811 including 1916 civil, 221 criminal and 674 writ petitions.
Of the 2811 pending litigations filed by women, 1763 cases are pending in Srinagar wing alone while 1048 cases are pending in Jammu wing of the HC.
The data reveals that 3015 cases were filed by senior citizens of which 1960 were civil, 717 criminal and 338 writ petitions.
Of the 3015 pendencies, 1663 litigations are alone lingering for disposal in Srinagar wing and 1352 cases in Jammu wing.
Meanwhile, Jammu wing tops the list with a total of 47,125 pendencies of which 13,441 are civil, 5999 are criminal and 27,685 are writ litigations.
“A total of 15999 cases are gathering dust from 5 to 10 years including 4335 civil, 1651 criminal and 10,013 writ petitions,” the data reveals.
A total of 7191 cases are unresolved from 10 to 20 years comprising 1711 civil, 253 criminal and 5227 writ petitions while 37 cases are lingering from 20 to 30 years.
“A total of 7887 cases are pending from 3 t0 5 years while 9992 cases are languishing from 1 to 3 years,” the data reads.
For the past one year, 6005 cases are further piling up which contribute toward the pending list in Jammu wing.
The official data reveals that a total of 580 cases were filed in last month comprising 159 civil, 106 criminal and 315 writ petitions.
“A total of 695 cases were disposed of last month including 313 civil, 63 criminal and 319 writ petitions,” the data reads.
Of the disposed petitions, 106 cases have been pending for more than 10 years.
Similarly, a total of 28,580 cases are languishing in Srinagar wing of High Court comprising 26,442 civil and 2138 criminal cases.
“A total of 23,834 cases are unresolved for more than a year including 22,663 civil, and 1171 criminal cases,” the data reveals.
Ironically, 45 cases are being dragged from 20 to 30 years.
The litigants are yet to get relief in 8588 cases which are languishing from 5 to 10 years while as 1531 cases are unresolved since 10 to 20 years.
“A total of 4861 cases are awaiting disposal from 3 to 5 years while 8418 cases are unresolved from 1 to 3 years,” the data reads.
A total of 5134 cases are further piling up for the past one year to contribute in the pendencies.
A total of 786 cases were filed last month including 667 civil, and 119 criminal cases while 341 cases were disposed of last month comprising 293 civil and 48 criminal cases.
Out of 570 disposed cases, 13 cases were pending for more than 10 years.
According to the litigants, the cases are being dragged unnecessarily for trivial reasons.
“We come to the court so that justice is delivered on time but it takes years together to get justice dispensed,” they said.
One of the lawyers said the government was the main contributor in the growing pendencies of cases as the government departments play “delaying tactics” in filing their reply or response in the given time.
“The undue delays of complying court orders create impediments in achieving the intent of the litigations,” the lawyer said.
Earlier, Chief Justice of J&K High Court also expressed concern over the growing pendencies of cases in various courts of the twin union territories of Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh.