A study of Karnataka High Court’s Writ Jurisdiction

Reports by Vidhi Karnataka · February 21, 2018
Author(s): Deepika Kinhal and Alok Prasanna

Vidhi’s Report on the Karnataka High Court’s writ jurisdiction is based on a data driven study of writ petitions filed before the court across a period of five years before the Bengaluru Bench (2012-2016) and three years before the Dharwad and Kalaburgi Benches (2014-2016).

The data has been studied to understand the nature of writ petitions filed against government departments and agencies functioning at different levels of governance and get a nuanced perspective on what makes the government the biggest litigant. The report conclusively showcases the need for customized litigation policies for each such department, unlike the top-down approach seen in the National Litigation Policy.

The report also suggests certain reform measures which can significantly enhance the overall efficiency of the High Court. These include revamping the case-classification system, formulating listing rules and procedures, modifying relevant rules to curb filing of frivolous writ petitions et al.


Download the full report on Karnataka High Court Writ Jurisdiction

About Deepika Kinhal:

Deepika Kinhal is a Senior Resident Fellow at Vidhi Karnataka. Her areas of interest are judicial reforms, women and child rights, and legal-technology. Since graduating from NLSIU in 2012, she has worked at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (real estate and capital markets) and Dua Associates (litigation team). At Vidhi, she has undertaken independent and engaged projects studying court and case management systems across different levels of judicial hierarchy. Significantly, she has lead a team engaged by the J&K High Court to improve its court management systems. She considers tackling government litigation as one of the key ways of addressing judicial overload and is working with the Government of Karnataka in formulating litigation management policies for different departments. She is a co-founder of an online dispute resolution platform and has keen interest in legal-technology solutions for problems plaguing the judiciary and legal industry. She writes regularly in leading newspapers on topics related to the judiciary and women and child rights, and collaborates with other CSOs to conduct legal awareness campaigns. While not worrying about the state of the judiciary in the country, she sings and paints. She is a trained Carnatic singer with a brief stint at All India Radio and in Kannada movies.   

About Alok Prasanna:

Alok Prasanna Kumar is Senior Resident Fellow and Team Lead, Vidhi Karnataka. His areas of research include Judicial Reforms, Constitutional law, Urban Development, and Law and Technology. He graduated with a B.A. LL.B. (Hons) from the NALSAR University in 2008 and obtained the BCL from the University of Oxford in 2009. He writes a monthly column for the Economic and Political Weekly and has published in the Indian Journal of Constitutional Law and National Law School of India Review apart from media outlets such as The Hindu, Indian Express, Scroll, Quint and Caravan. He has practiced in the Supreme Court and Delhi High Court from the chambers of Mr Mohan Parasaran, and currently also co-hosts the Ganatantra podcast on IVM Podcasts.