A quantitative analysis of the Indian Supreme Courts Workload

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All India

1993 - 2011

English

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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 is currently collected and categorized by the Court presents challenges in developing a full picture of its workload.

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Using the admittedly imperfect data set, we analyze the Supreme Court’s caseload by geographic region of appeal, subject-matter category, petition type, and other classifications. Amongst other findings, this analysis shows 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.