Indian Judiciary Report 2015-16 [Part I]: Six important Supreme Court facts and figures
The Supreme Court of India recently released its annual report on the Indian Judiciary for 2015-16. Running into nearly three hundred pages, the report reveals some interesting facts and figures with respect to the Supreme Court, the twenty four high courts and the subordinate courts under them.
In the first part of this report, we take a look at six interesting stats pertaining to the apex court, including the number of cases instituted, disposed and pending, and what steps have been taken to improve pendency figures.
1. Number of PILs and writ petitions filed
Till July 31, the number of PILs filed in the Supreme Court of India in 2016 was 31,555. This figure includes 31,395 letter petitions and 160 writ petitions, 137 of which were civil writ petitions and 23 of which were criminal writ petitions.