Court Data

Inconsistency of Supreme Court Data Releases

Lack of consistency in the release of pendency data by Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court releases data on pendency to the public multiple times a year. Unfortunately, the frequency at which the Supreme Court releases this data is not consistent. Further, the amount of data contained in each release is not consistent.


Inconsistent Frequency:

The Supreme Court releases data at an inconsistent frequency. See graph.

Year # of Releases
2012 7
2013 12
2014 9
2015 3
2016 2
2017 11
2018 11

The number of releases varies significantly per year. On average, the Supreme Court releases data 7.857 times per year. The standard deviation is 4.018, demonstrating the high degree of variance in the number of releases.


In 2013, the Supreme Court successfully released data every month. It appears as if the Supreme Court will match this achievement this year, 2018. It is November and the Supreme Court has successfully released data on pendency every month so far.


Inconsistent Completeness:

The amount of data the Supreme Court releases in every release is inconsistent. While the Court always lists the total number of pending cases, it does not always detail how many of these cases are admission matters and how many are regular hearings.


It is helpful to look at examples in order to understand the inconsistency in the completeness of the data released:

Data released on 04.05.2018, includes:

  • # of Pending Matters
  • # of Admission Matters, # of Regular Hearings

Data released on 01.11.2018, includes:

  • # of Pending Matters
  • # of Admission Matters, # of Regular Hearings
  • # of Complete, # of Incomplete, # of Ready, # of Not Ready
  • # of Constitution Benches

Data sourced from, on 05.11.18