New Delhi: In a bid to help speed up disposal of pending cases, the Law Ministry has been provided with Rs 900 crore in the Union Budget for 'administration of justice', including setting up of e-courts and capacity building of subordinate judiciary.
Provisions have been made under various schemes as part of the National Mission for Justice Delivery and Legal Reforms. These include setting up of model courts, establishment of e-courts at district level and research and studies on judicial reforms.
The amount will also be used for development of infrastructure facilities for judiciary.
Over two crore cases are pending in the country's lower judiciary, out of which more than 10 per cent have remained unsettled for over 10 years.
As per available data on the National Judicial Data Grid website as on December 31, 2015, there are a total of 2,00,60,998 cases pending across district courts in different states.
Out of these, 83,00,462 or 41.38 per cent cases are pending for less than two years. At the same time, 21,72,411 or 10.83 per cent cases are pending for over 10 years.
The data states that 36,30,282 or 18.1 per cent of the cases are pending for the last five to ten years.
The number of cases pending between 2 and 5 years stands at 59,83,862 or 29.83 per cent of the total cases.