Macro/Finance Group, NIPFP

Understanding Judicial Delays in Debt Tribunals

Understanding Judicial Delays in Debt Tribunals, Shubho Roy and Prasanth Regy. NIPFP Working Paper 195, May 2017.

We argue that the judicial statistics that are currently collected are inadequate for understanding and solving the problem of judicial delay. We propose a new approach to collecting data, which will lead to useful insights about delays. We apply this approach to a dataset, and find that about half the time taken by cases is lost to delays. Most delays are due to the petitioners asking for more time to file documents. We explore how these delays can be reduced.