The division bench headed by Chief Justice Sanjay Karol of the Patna High Court has created a record of sorts in video conference hearings. The bench has disposed of about 4,000 cases of the Excise Act.
In the virtual hearing too, the bench of the Chief Justice has topped. Through the bench, more than a 100 cases are heard or finalized each judicial day. At present, of all the benches of the High Court, the bench of the Chief Justice has given the maximum time for the hearing and has also made a record for settling cases.
According to the High Court Registry Office, the pending cases related to tax has also been updated. Similarly, the Chief Justice has executed most of the Public Hearing Matters. Only 93 litigations of 2018-19 remain pending.
The Chief Justice heard the matters in the Virtual Court from 10:30 am to 4:15 pm every day. The benefit is being extended to the lawyers and clients whose cases were listed in this bench for a long time.
The President of Advocate Association and senior advocate Y. C Verma said other judges of the High Court should have been heard on the same lines.
Many judges of the Patna High Court have set a figure for maximum number of cases to be heard every day. Some judges have also written in the daily list that they will hear as many as 50 cases, while some have 30 and some have fixed 20 cases. The judges have decided how long they will hear the case. Some judges have scheduled a hearing from their residential office until 1:30 pm, while some judges are hearing until 4:15 pm.
The execution of the case has slowed down since the High Court heard the virtual case. This is the reason that the hearing on the bail filed in August- September is going on. It is to be seen how the trial will be settled at a fast pace in the virtual hearing, while the number of judges has come down to 22 and the trial period by the judges is getting shorter.