Expenditure incurred by the Tamil Nadu government for the judiciary
Information provided to RTI application has revealed that the revenue earned by the Tamil Nadu State Government through stamps and court fee paid by those who file cases in the Madras High Court, its Madurai Bench as well as the lower courts in the State was less than 30 per cent of the expenditure incurred by the government every year for the judiciary. As per the information provided by the Chief Accounts Officer of the Madras High Court, the revenue obtained through stamps and court fees and remitted to the government account was Rs. 68.24 crore in the financial year 2006-07, Rs. 76.63 crore in 2007-08, Rs. 79.07 crore in 2008-09, Rs. 76.58 crore in 2009-10 and Rs. 95.21 crore in 2010-11. The funds sanctioned by the government to the judicial department through budget allotment during these five years was Rs. 204 crore, Rs. 239 crore, Rs. 333 crore, Rs. 388 crore and Rs. 564 crore respectively. Out this this sanctioned amount, the expenditure was Rs. 207 crore, Rs. 233 crore, Rs. 317 crore, Rs. 381 crore and Rs. 372 crore (expenditure up to December 2010). There are a total of 818 lower courts across the State including 107 District Courts, 49 Fast Track Courts (FTC), 205 Sub Courts (including Chief Judicial Magistrate courts), 184 District Munsif courts, 209 Judicial Magistrate courts and 63 District Munsif-cum-Judicial Magistrate courts.