A Quantitative Analysis of the Indian Supreme Court's Workload

32 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2013

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Nick Robinson

International Center for Not-for-Profit Law; Harvard Law School, Center on the Legal Profession

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Date Written: September 2013

Abstract

This article analyzes the Indian Supreme Court's docket in detail from 1993 to 2011. It also draws on available data to describe more broadly the workings of the Court before 1993. The article explains how deficiencies in the way data are currently collected and categorized by the Court presents challenges in developing a full picture of its workload. Using the admittedly imperfect data set, it then analyzes the Supreme Court's caseload by geographic region of appeal, subject matter category, petition type, and other classifications. Among other findings, this analysis shows that the Court is disproportionately accessed by those close to Delhi and with more resources and that the Supreme Court's multiplicity of benches and cases may be undercutting precedent following in the Indian judicial system.

Suggested Citation

Robinson, Nick, A Quantitative Analysis of the Indian Supreme Court's Workload (September 2013). Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Vol. 10, Issue 3, pp. 570-601, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2312974 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jels.12020

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