Livemint has a rare statistical peek at India's higher judiciary, with this article on a study documenting the time taken between court hearings for different categories of cases across High Courts in India. The graphic below documents the wide variance in hearings per judge and the time between hearings across High Courts.
You cannot improve what you cannot measure. Given the near total absence of dynamic information about court work, performance monitoring of judiciary is a non-starter. In this context, the words of Justice Louis Brandeis who is reported to have said with reference to transparency that "sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants", carries great relevance. Nowhere is it more necessary than our judiciary. And data and its analysis can shine light on the performance of India's judicial systems.
Even the most basic data on the performance of judicial officers is currently difficult to obtain. How many orders have been passed by each judge annually, individually and in a bench? What is their average time between the final hearing (reserving for orders) and passing of orders? How many orders of the judge have been appealed against? How many of the orders have been reversed in appeal? How many orders have been passed in favor of the petitioner and how many rejected? How many orders have been passed against the government and how many in favor? What is the average number of adjournments in a case for each judge?
Admittedly the judges are over-burdened with case load. But much the same could be said about every public functionary from the ANM to the District Collector. Answers to each of these questions and more, and their comparative analysis across judges and courts, would undoubtedly be a massive step in ushering greater transparency to the functioning of India's judicial system.