New Delhi: Taking note of over 2.38 crore cases pending in various courts across the country, the government is mulling to launch a six-month-long campaign in association with the judiciary this year to bring down the pendency to three years from the current 15 years.

In a letter to the Chief Justice of India and Chief Justices of the 21 High Courts, Law Minister M Veerappa Moily has said though the target to bring down pendency from 15 years to three years may not be possible to achieve by 2012 as planned in 2009, the maximum  reduction of cases pending over 5-15 years in a six-month campaign is possible "except
for some difficult cases".

According to latest figures with the government, there are over 2.38 crore cases pending in High Courts and subordinate courts till 2009.

In country's biggest High Court -- the Allahabad High Court -- nearly 9.68 lakh cases are pending. In the subordinate courts of UP, over 34 lakh cases are pending trial, bringing the total to over 44 lakh cases.

In a separate note attached to the letter outlining the plan, the Minister has said the campaign could be launched from July to December, giving targets for disposal of cases to
morning and evening shift courts, subordinate courts and even the High Courts.

The government plans to review the progress made in this regard in December this year and could launch phase-II of the campaign from January to June 2012.

(Agencies)