And we thought our legal system was slow! India seems to take the lead for glacial speed on judging misdeeds. For example, in the United States, for every one million people, we have more than 100 judges. In India, that number is 15.5 judges. (I wonder if the half-judge works at the same speed as the other 15.) Tom Lasseter shares what we know about India’s clogged justice system (“India’s Stagnant Courts Resist Reform” Bloomberg Businessweek, 1/12/15–1/18/15, pp. 15–17):
“At the end of 2013, there were 31,367,915 open cases working their way through the system, from the lowest chambers to the Supreme Court. If [India’s] judges attacked their backlog nonstop—with no breaks for eating or sleeping—and closed 100 cases every hour, it would take more than 35 years to catch up.” (p. 15)
Whoever said that the wheels of justice turn slowly very well may have practiced law in India.