Only 73 women judges in high courts: Govt tells Parliament panel

Only 73 women judges in high courts: Govt tells Parliament panel

The government has mentioned that only 73 judges out of the 670 judges serving in various high courts are women. This marks only 10.89 per cent of the working strength of various high court.

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The government also pointed out that against the sanctioned strength of 1,079 judges as on March 23, 2018, only 670 judges are working in 24 high courts of the country, leaving 409 vacancies.

“There are 73 women judges working in different high courts as on March 23, 2018, which in percentage terms is 10.89 per cent of the working strength,” the Department of Justice in the Law Ministry informed the department-related Standing Committee on Law and Personnel.

“The committee feels that a timeline of six weeks given to chief minister/governor may be reduced to expedite the process of appointment of judges. It also feels since there is no proposal to raise the retirement age of judges in higher judiciary by the government, unnecessary delay in recruitment of judges should be avoided at any cost,” it said.