List 10 transfer, 10 bail pleas/day before 13 SC benches each: CJI DY Chandrachud | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: In contrast to his predecessor’s overzealous attempts to deal with pendency resulting in Supreme Court judges complaining of back-breaking workload, CJI D Y Chandrachud has adopted a slow and steady mechanism to chip away at the nearly 70,000 pending cases by ordering listing of 10 transfer petitions and 10 bail petitions every day before each of the 13 benches.
Justice Chandrachud on Friday said in open court that a full court meeting of the SC noticed that there is a pendency of over 3,000 petitions seeking transfer of cases (mostly matrimonial) from one state to another. “We have decided that each of the 13 benches would take up 10 transfer petitions daily, which would translate to 650 cases a week. Thus, all the pending transfer petitions can be dealt with in five weeks, that is before the end of this year,” he said.

The CJI also said early listing of bail petitions are important as they involve the all-important right to liberty of accused persons. “It was also decided that each bench would take up at least 10 bail petitions daily, in addition to the other assigned cases,” he said. This means each bench would hear 20 transfer and bail petitions, in addition to the other cases listed before them.
However, he assured that the benches would not be over-burdened, an assurance that would assuage the general consensus among judges about the heavy workload they endured, in different combinations on a single day, during the 74-day tenure of Justice U U Lalit as CJI. It had become so unmanageable that one judge had even passed a judicial order expressing the difficulties.

Days after the then CJI Lalit introduced a confusing listing system for cases, a bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kaul had on September 13 passed a judicial order saying, “The new listing system is not giving adequate time to take up matters fixed for hearing like the present case as there are a number of matters within the span of afternoon session.”
CJI Chandrachud is attempting to take all judges into confidence to utilise their vast experience as well as help of technology to streamline expeditious listing of cases without human interference. He has announced that “all matters registered on Saturdays, Mondays and Tuesdays will be listed on next Monday and matters registered on Thursdays and Fridays will be listed next Friday.”





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