The Parliament on August 7, 2019, passed a Bill which seeks to increase the number of Supreme Court judges from the present 30 to 33 with a view to reducing pendency of cases.
The Supreme Court (Number of Judges) Amendment Bill, 2019, was passed by the Upper House without discussion. The Bill was presented for consideration by the Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
The Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on August 5, 2019.
As of now, the Supreme Court has a sanctioned strength of 30 judges, plus the Chief Justice of India. After Parliament’s nod, its sanctioned strength will go up to 33, plus the CJI.
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