Lahore High Court is reported to have sent a summary to the Punjab government for appointment of 1013 judges to fill up existing vacancies and allocation of Rs 3.24 billion in the provincial budget against their perks and privileges. Vacancies of 969 civil judges and 317 additional session judges and their allied staff exists to handle the load of cases pending for a long time. It may be mentioned that according to the standards determined by the Federal Law Commission, on an average a judge should hear a maximum of three hundred cases. Sadly, the present ratio is that a judge is handling nearly 1000 cases. This is quite alarming since the litigants are running from pillar to post in search of quick and affordable justice. This unfair delay in adjudicating the cases leads to corruption within the junior staff of courts. How the lower courts operate is already an open secret. After his restoration, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry announced that he would focus his attention on to the lower courts by weeding out corruption and providing the required staff to clear the outstanding backlog of cases. But this desire has yet to be materialised. The fallout is that the cases involving small disputes and conflicts have piled up considerably. Meanwhile, poor litigants are suffering. Generally, talking of subordinate judiciary, it has been observed that the cases are normally kept in limbo. For instance the red tape of giving fresh dates is quite common. The litigants meanwhile remain embroiled in paying the lawyers’ fee and other related expenses. This grim scenario needs to be changed and the sooner the better. The Punjab government, on its part, must fill the existing vacancies and allocate the required funds in the coming budget.