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Report No. 14

27. Courts of Munsifs.-

At the lowest rung in the hierarchy of the regular civil courts are courts presided over by Munsifs with jurisdiction to try regular suits valued upto Rs. 2000 and small cause suits valued upto Rs. 100. The number of original and small cause suits instituted, disposed of and pending in the courts of Munsifs in the years 1954 to 1956 is set down below (Table No. 9). Curiously, the progressive increase in the number of officers has resulted in a fall in disposals. The fact that some of them are called upon to do criminal work also may partly account for this fall.

Table No. 9

Civil Suits

Small Cause Suits

Year

No. of Officers

Pending at the beginning of the year

Institutions

Balance

Pending at the beginning of the year

Institutions

Below one year

Over one year

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

1954

60

12267

25043

25110

9755

2445

936

3644

1955

61

12200

25059

24708

9790

2761

798

3093

1956

62

12551

25299

24132

10625

3093

647

2161

Small Cause Suits

Miscellaneous Civil Cases and Petitions

Disposal

Balance

Pending at the beginning of the year

Institutions

Disposal

Balance

Below one year

Over one year

Below one year

Over one year

1

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

1954

3782

794

4

1683

4892

4565

1756

254

1955

3244

624

23

2010

4820

4874

1680

276

1956

2274

513

21

1956

4640

4381

1842

373

28. Based on the figures furnished in the Table (Table No. 9) the annual average disposal of a Munsif is given in the following Table (Table No. 10).

Table No. 10

officers

No. of Officers

Civil Suits

Small Cause Suits

Miscellaneous Civil Cases and Petitions

Average available disposed

Average Disposed of

Average pendency

Average available for disposal

Average disposed of

Average pendency

Average available for disposal

Average disposed of

Average pendency

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

Munsifs

..

614.3

404.1

210.2

61.6

50.8

10.5

109.8

75.5

33.7

It cannot be said that the disposals in these courts are low. The average duration of suits disposed of by these officers after full trial was 311 and 257 days in 1954 and 1955 respectively. Nevertheless, the total number of pending suits and pending year old suits was on the increase. In order to bring down the number of pending year old suits, and increase the number of officers at least for a temporary period might become necessary.

29. The total number of suits classified according to their valuations instituted in the regular civil courts during the triennium 1954-56 in the State is given in the accompanying Table (Table No. 11).



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