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Virtual Courts: Delhi HC Heard Around 13,000 Cases Between April & July; District Courts Listed Approx 67,000 Cases

22 Aug 2020 6:10 AM GMT
Virtual Courts: Delhi HC Heard Around 13,000 Cases Between April & July; District Courts Listed Approx 67,000 Cases
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The Delhi High Court has heard about 13,000 cases via video conferencing, between April 1 and July 31.

As per a press release issued by the High Court on its progress report, as many as 2800 Main Cases and around 11,000 miscellaneous applications were disposed of during this period. Further, around 196 PIL cases were instituted and 155 PIL cases were disposed of.

So far as the District Courts are concerned, around 67,000 matters were taken up through video conferencing, besides pronouncement of judgments in around 3700 cases and disposal of more than 21,000 miscellaneous applications.

"Delhi High Court and Subordinate Courts carried on their judicial and administrative functions albeit in restricted manner through Video Conferencing facility by using state of the art CISCO WebEx Platform. Endeavour of the judicial administration, during the 4 four months period of April, May, June and July, has been to ensure that important matters related to life and liberty, matters of public importance and public interest litigation and like are filed, heard and disposed," the press release notes.

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On the administrative side, the press release notes, different Committees of the High Court conducted around 300 meetings through video conferencing on various administrative and court-functioning related issues. Further, two virtual farewells were organized for the first time in the history of the High Court, for Justices IS Mehta and Sangita Dhingra Sehgal.

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Technology was also employed at the Delhi Judicial Academy to conduct 30 training programs and 40 special training sessions, to ensure uninterrupted training to 760 Judicial Officers, Prosecutors and other stakeholders.

As on date, the High Court is in the process of preparing a graded plan for resumption of physical hearing at the Courts, the press release intimates.

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