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Working days in the courts(Relevant for GS Prelims and GSMains Paper II)

Some strange reasons
Kavi sammelan, shraadh , heavy rains, moral support to social activists, earthquake in Nepal and a bomb blast in a Pakistan school have been reasons for lawyers to strike in the past five years.

The Law Commission of India quotes these reasons in its 266th report released to the Centre. The information was received from High Courts through their Chief Justices.

Implications of strikes
Strikes have arrested judicial work and held justice for common man to ransom.

The Commission recommended the government to tighten the Advocates Act of 1961 and has suggested an Amendment Bill.

State of working daysfor courts
In Tamil Nadu, subordinate courts work 220 days a year. Between 2011-2016, Kancheepuram courts were affected by lawyers’ strikes for 687 days (137.4 days a year) due to lawyers’ strikes. Kanyakumari courts did not function for 585 days, Madurai for 577 days, Cuddalore for 461 days and Sivaganga for 408 days.

Uttar Pradesh was the worst affected by lawyers’ strikes between 2011 and 2016. District courts in the State work 265 days a year even when there are over 2.7 crore cases pending in the subordinate courts.



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