Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan today stressed on the need for increasing the number of courts by 10 to 15 per cent so that the judiciary can dispose off the huge accumulation of cases across the country.
Over 15,000 courts at lower levels across the country are now facing "huge pressure" from pending cases, Balakrishnan said addressing a function at the Himachal Pradesh High Court.
In some states, the backlog is as high as 7-8 lakh cases, the CJI said, adding that a large number of vacancies in the post of judicial officials in many states is also adding to the problem.
He rued that many states were not showing keenness in bettering the situation by strengthening the judicial network.
To tackle cases at the village level, the CJI said about 4,000 gram nayalayas (village courts) would be coming up soon.
A Bill in this regard has already been introduced in Parliament and necessary legislation would be in place within a year or two, Balakrishnan said.
Seeking active support of the government, the CJI suggested that India should follow China, which previously ignored the judiciary but has now spent a lot of money in setting up "high quality" courts.
India should earmark a substantial portion for strengthening the judicial network, he said.