The Court asked the respondents to inform it about the status with respect to creation of infrastructure for setting up of these additional courts and the availability of court rooms as well as judicial officers.
The matter will now be heard on July 5.
The plea filed by a lawyer Amit Sahni stated that at present, there are 22 commercial courts functioning in Delhi.
The Delhi government had notified setting up of 42 commercial courts in April 2021 but judges are yet to be appointed, it was pointed out.
“That the efficiency of the legal system and the time taken to resolve the commercial disputes is extremely important factor in deciding the growth of investment and overall economic and social development of the nation. The delay caused is dispensation of justice is taken note of High Courts and the Hon’ble Supreme Court from time to time and directions have been issued to recruit the pending vacancies in difference courts of the country,” the plea said.
It was argued that according to best practices around the world, commercial disputes are to be disposed of in 164 days, but in Delhi, they take 747 days.
“Delhi courts have been over-burdened, as per the data available on the official website of District Courts, Delhi, till February 2022, there are 26959 cases pending in 22 Commercial Courts functioning in Delhi District Courts,” the petition stated.