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SC has heard over 15k cases through video conferencing since lockdown started

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The Supreme Court has reportedly heard more than 15,000 matters through video conferencing since March 23, when the lockdown was announced in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Apex Court completed 100 days of virtual court hearings and disposed of approximately 4300 cases till now. Whole 1022 Benches were constituted to hear the cases, over 50000 advocates appeared before the virtual courts.

Supreme Court in view of the nationwide lockdown announced by the government to combat the COVID-19 pandemic had restricted its work and decided to take up only urgent matters via video conferencing.

In order to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), considering the prevailing situation, and taking into account the suggestions received from various quarters and the guidelines issued by the Government of India and Government of NCT of Delhi from time to time, the Chief Justice of India had directed the constitution of the benches for hearing of matters through virtual courts. Later in July, the Court also started hearing miscellaneous cases.

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The Apex Court had come out with a standard operating procedure (SOP) for e-filing of cases, mentioning and listing of matters and also for hearing through video-conferencing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


-India Legal Bureau

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