Appointment of retired judges as ad-hoc judges in High Courts
Part of: GS Prelims and GS – II – Constitution; Judiciary
- The Supreme Court cleared the way for appointment of retired judges as ad-hoc judges in High Courts (HCs) under Article 224A of the Constitution to deal with mounting backlog of cases.
- Around 57 lakh cases in HCs are pending
- This will be applicable for two to three years to clear the backlog.
Important value additions
- It deals with appointment of ad-hoc judges in High Courts.
- It is used rarely
- It says “the Chief Justice of a High Court for any State may at any time, with the previous consent of the President, request any person who has held the office of a Judge of that Court or of any other High Court to sit and act as a Judge of the High Court for that State”.