New Delhi, Oct. 3 -- Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana on Saturday asked the Union government to lend its "support and cooperation" in clearing appointments of judges quickly to facilitate "access to justice and to strengthen democracy," as around 100 names await the Centre's nod.

Justice Ramana was speaking at the launch of Pan India Legal Awareness and Outreach Campaign of National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) in the capital, when he highlighted the staggering pendency of cases amid "large vacancies" across all courts, and the need to hasten appointments in the high courts.

Delivering his address in the presence of President Ram Nath Kovind, law minister Kiren Rijiju and several other SC judges, the CJI underlined that the ap...