Court Data

3% increase in SC pendency in 2018

The number of pending cases in 2018 increased by more than 3%.

In 2018, the number of pending cases increased by more than 3%, for the period: January 4th 2018 to January 1st 2019. The number of cases pending before the Supreme Court increased from 55,588 to 57,346. See Graph A.

 

By contrast, between 2012 and 2017, the number of pending cases before the Supreme Court steadily decreased from 66,692 to 55,259 cases. The number of cases decreased by 17.14%.

 

It is important to note that this year’s increase in pendency does not necessarily indicate that pendency will continue to increase in 2019. In fact, if one takes into consideration the previous 5 years of pendency data, it appears as if pendency will continue to decrease. We fitted a linear trend line (y = -1802.6x + 3.693E6) to the data and it predicts that there will be roughly 56,000 pending cases at the end of 2019. See Graph B.

 

Data sourced from sci.gov: Monthly Pendency Reports 2018 and Annual Report 2016-17