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Understanding Judicial Delays in Debt Tribunals

Publication date

May, 2017


NIPFP Working Paper No. 195


Prasanth V. Regy and Shubho Roy


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.
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