According to Indo-Asian News Service, New Delhi’s Somerville School, like many schools in the capital, had a summer vacation from May 15 to July 1, a one-day holiday for Dasara, and a two-day break for Diwali.
On the other hand…
The Supreme Court was shut for a week for Diwali from November 5 to 12. It was closed for five days from October 15 to 20 for Dasara. And it will remain shut for 15 days from December 17 to January 1 for the winter break. Plus, it was shut for two-and-a-half months—75 days—for the summer vacation.
If you take out the 104 Saturdays and Sundays, and the other holidays that the court enjoys, IANS reports that the Supreme Court of India has more holidays than working days. It remains open on 176 days of the year and remains shut on 189 days, which is more than half the year.
“Shut” meaning that only urgent matters were heard, and some unlucky vacation judges still had to sit, hear and dispose off these matters. Except for saturdays and sundays when no matters are admitted.
“Shut” unlike in Government offices, does not mean that the Supreme Court stops functioning, but only that a majority of judges get to take time off from their work. The Registry continues to function (except for a two week break) and cases may be filed.
I have worked in the SUpreme Court of India with a judge, and I do know that the work schedule of a judge is not the traditional 9-5 job. The judge I worked with would end up working from 9-4 at the court and then upto 9 at his residence to ensure that he was prepared for COurt the next day and judgments were written.
Effectively, the vast jurisdiction of the Supreme Court has turned it from a highly selective appellate body to a glorified district court which ocassionally interprets the Constitution.
One fails to understand ( oh– the politicians – now i understand) why the judiciary is always short of judges — to ensure that the cases keep piling up — in fact the kannada proverb is apt even today — the winner lost and the loser died !!