In a reply to the question raised by Curchorem MLA Nilesh Cabral about the quantum of pending criminal cases in the system, Francis D’Souza, the minister for law and judiciary has reported that a total of 14459 cases of criminal nature are pending in the judicial system. The reply was given at the Goa legislative assembly.
Furthermore, among these 14459 cases, 3957 criminal cases are pending in South Goa courts and 10502 in North Goa Court. On stating the reason as to why these cases are pending, D’Souza said that in many cases the delay is because either the accused or respondent failed to show up on the prescribed time. He said, “The cases are pending on account of absence or non- service of summons to the accused or respondent. At times, it’s because of want of prosecution witnesses or on account of adjournment sought by the advocates or parties.”