Time is money,we all know. But when it comes to court proceedings it is really very precious as a Delhi High Court audit has revealed that every minute that it spends on a hearing costs more than Rs 6,000.
And all matters that are listed for hearing cost the court,on an average,Rs 1,300,even if the they gets adjourned without any argument.
In first of its kind report,the Court has tried to arrive at the cost of its operation by considering its budget and the time spent on hearing cases in financial year 2007-08.
In the last year,the total expenditure incurred by the court was Rs 42.45 crore for 213 working days.
The average cost of listing each case before a judge worked out to Rs 1,297 and the average court expenditure per minute by the court was Rs 6,327 or Rs 19,93,180 for each working day, the report prepared after doing cost analysis by the High Court for the year 2007-08 said.
This expenditure excluded the time spent by the judges dictating reserved judgements in the chambers and preparing the cases for the next day as well as the time spent for correcting and signing the order in those 64 odd cases listed each day, the report said.
The report said the Court’s disposal rate was more than the rate of filing of fresh petition due to which number of pending cases has come down in 2007-08.