India has 40 million unprocessed proceedings, the Supreme Court said

India has 40 million unprocessed proceedings, the Supreme Court said

India’s Chief Justice of the Supreme Court said on Saturday that more than 40 million proceedings were pending in lower courts in India, highlighting the vast unprocessed portion of the legal system.

The court lacked judges essential for its efficient functioning, NV Ramana told a meeting attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the prime ministers of most states.

“There are 20 judges per million people, which is very inadequate to deal with the increasing trend in proceedings,” NV Ramana said.

Many of the 24,000 judicial officials approved by the state’s lower courts have not yet been filled, according to Ramana.