The Supreme Court on Wednesday intimated that it has conducted hearing of more than 15,000 cases since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, by means of Videoconferencing.
As per a press note issued by the Top Court, 1,021 Benches of the Court heard a total of 15596 matters from March 23, 2020 till date. These include 10,754 main matters, 3,419 connected matters and 1,423 matters listed before the Registrar Court.
Of these, the Supreme Court has successfully disposed of approximately 4,300 matters.
The press note compares these figures alongside disposal rates in other jurisdictions like the UK (which decided 29 Case between March 18 and August 17); the US (which decided 44 Case between March 20 and August 17); Canada (which decided 14 Case between March 27 and August 17), etc.
Other statistics released by the Supreme Court include:
The press note highlights that the SC Registry has not been shut down even for a single day from March 16, 2020 till date. This was made possible despite around a hundred and quarter members of the Registry staff and their immediate family testing Covid positive, due to the aggressive measures taken by the Court to check the spread of infection.
Other steps taken by the Supreme Court to ensure access to justice and adhere to the open court concept include: