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18 judges per 10 lakh people, in India

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Visakhapatnam: A newly released data stresses on the judge positions vacant across India. There are only 18 judges in India for every 10 lakh people while the number is 40 in other developing countries.

Over 477 posts of judges in various high courts are vacant as on July 25, 2016 and over 4,400 judge posts in district and subordinate courts are vacant as on December 31, 2015. The Allahabad HC appears to be the worst affected with 83 judge positions vacant followed by the Punjab and Haryana HC with 41 vacancies, the Madras High Court 37 and the Hyderabad High Court 36.

According to the government, three judge posts remained vacant in the Supreme Court and 477 judge positions vacant across all the high courts.

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