Govt notifies appointment of 33 judges in six high courts

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NEW DELHI: The government has notified appointment of 33 judges in six high courts of Kerala, Allahabad, Rajasthan, Gauhati, Bombay and Gujarat in the last three days. They are all additional judges appointed as permanent judges in these HCs.
The government on Tuesday also notified the appointment of Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar as the acting chief justice of the J&K high court. Justice Sudhakar is the senior most judge of the J&K HC.

According to the law ministry notifications, five additional judges were made permanent in Kerala HC; four in the Allahabad HC; 10 in the Rajasthan HC; six in the Bombay HC and seven in the Gujarat HC.

Additional judges are appointed for a two-year tenure and then based on their performances these judges are made permanent. As on March 1, 2018, the 24 high courts in the country had a working strength of 673 judges with 406 positions vacant. The total sanctioned strength is 1,079 judges.

The high courts have long pendency of cases, and among other…

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