Millions of cases are pending in courts throughout India and it will take 400 years to clear them.
In India, some cases have been pending for decades, BBC has reported in 2013 about a trial which has lasted for over a century.
The Doshipura court case, which started in 1878, is a dispute between Shia Muslims and Sunnis over two acres of land in Varanasi.
Chief Justice of India Tirath Singh Thakur has implored India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to double the number of judges serving in Indian courts.
CJI Thakur, speaking at a conference of chief justices and chief ministers, made an emotional appeal to the central government.
He asked, in a choked voice, that the government provide respite to the serving 21,000 judges, who are handling a huge number of cases.
In India, tens of thousands of people are languishing in jail without having been proven guilty.
In 2009, then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that India had the world's largest backlog of court cases.
Andhra Pradesh High Court's Justice V.V. Rao said in 2010 that it will take 320 years to clear the backlog. While, the former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court A.P. Shah, said that it would take the court approximately 466 years to clear the pending 2,300 criminal appeals cases alone.
CJI Thakur said to PM Modi, "I beseech you to rise to the occasion and realize that it is not enough to criticize. You cannot shift the entire burden on the judiciary."
Here are some shocking figures:
(1) Over 3 crore cases are pending in Indian courts.
(2) As of December 2014, 64,919 are pending in the Supreme Court.
(3) At the end of 2013, there were 44.5 lakhs cases pending in High Courts.
(4) As of December, 2014, Delhi High Court has 64,652 cases pending before it.
(5) At the end of 2013, there were 2.6 crore cases pending in district courts.
(6) With 10,43,398 pending cases, Allahabad High Court has the worst record.
(7) The current rate of disposal suggests that it could take 10 years for district courts to clear the backlog.
(8) At the end of 2014, there were 2.82 lakh under trial prisoners languishing in jails.
(9) In 1987, 7,675 judges served in the Indian judiciary, which worked out to 10 judges for every million people.
(10) In 2016, India's judge-population ratio of 17 judges per million is among the lowest in the world.
(11) As of April 2016, there are 4,600 vacancies in the subordinate judiciary.
(12) As of 2013, only 5.8 percent of the total number of judges in India’s 24 courts are women.