With 11 vacancies in the Madras High Court, a representation has been made to the Acting Chief Justice to expedite the process of appointment of new Judges.

In the memorandum, Tamil Nadu Advocates Association president S.Prabakaran and a former President of the Madras High Court Advocates Association, R.C.Paul Kanagaraj, said while selecting Judges, it must be ensured that preference should be given to members of the Bar. At present, there were 11 vacancies, against the sanctioned strength of 60. The vacancies are likely to increase to 20 by the year end due to retirement of more Judges.

The Law Ministry had stated that as of December 2011, there were 4.7 lakh cases pending in the Madras High Court. The vacancies should be filled up at the earliest for the quick disposal of cases. Only one Judge was added last year.

The last bulk appointment of Judges was 17 in 2005 and 14 in 2009. In the last three years, only one member of the Bar had been selected and all other Judges were those who were elevated from subordinate courts. There had been a drastic drop in the ratio of Judges selected from the Bar, even though there was no dearth of talent.

The memorandum also said that selection of Judges should be transparent.

“Preference should be given to Bar members”