Judiciary registered highest civil cases in the year 2017.
Some 4897 civil cases were registered. The highest (2,936) were related to monetary issues. The lowest (10) were related to environmental issues.
A total of 6,957 cases were decided by courts in the same year.
Of the 1,403 criminal cases, 407 were related to assault and battery issues.
Thimphu dzongkhag court registered highest number of cases (1,770), followed by Paro with 542 cases and Wangdue with 409 cases.
Thimphu dzongkhag court decided the highest monetary and matrimonial cases, 541 and 286 respectively. The court also decided 136 assault and battery cases.
Among the drungkhag courts, Phuentsholing drungkhag court registered 683 cases, followed by Gelephu with 262, and Nganglam with 141.
Including both new and pending cases, Phuentsholing court decided 691 cases. Gelephu court decided 241 cases, and Nganglam 154 cases.
During the release of the report, Registrar General of Supreme Court, Tshering Dorji, highlighted the launch of family and children bench at Thimphu dzongkhag court and the launch of 11 government to citizen (G2C) judicial services, among others.
The report stated that Chief Justice issued several notifications and orders to the courts to clarify anomalies in the application of laws and court process.
“These notifications and orders have brought consistency in the procedures and expedited the adjudications of cases.” The report stated.
Tshering Dorji said that most important orders and notification issued included two orders and notification related to controlled substance case. Eleven notification and orders were issued last year.
Close to 7,700 cases were registered with judiciary. There were more than 2,000 pending cases, 757 more than 2016. There were 194 cases pending beyond 12 months, increase by 111 cases from 2016.
Total of 343 cases went to high court and 54 cases were carried forward from 2016. The high court decided 277 cases.
More than 70 cases were forwarded to the Supreme Court, which dismissed 45 cases. Eight cases were withdrawn by the parties.
Forty-one cases were registered with the Supreme Court,including 21 cases carried from 2016.
Supreme Court decided 24 cases, out of which eight were totally reversed. Thirteen were partially reversed and three were affirmed. There are 17 pending cases.