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.