The High Court in New Delhi is so behind in its work that it could take up to 466 years to clear the enormous backlog, the court's chief justice said in a damning report that illustrates the decrepitude of India's judicial system.It's not that the court is inefficient:
The Delhi High Court races through each case in an average of four minutes and 55 seconds but still has tens of thousands of cases pending, including upward of 600 that are more than 20 years old, according to the report.
But that the legal process is inefficient (i.e. there are more cases than there should be):
Critics say other problems include the strict formalities that slow down every step of the legal process and are common across India's vast bureaucracy.
and there are not enough judges:
But ... a 466-year backlog?
India - a country of 1.1 billion people - has approximately 11 judges for every million people compared with roughly 110 per million in the United States.