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Glitch has Supreme Court rue working of its virtual court system, praises system at Delhi High Court

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday noted the dissatisfactory functioning of its own virtual court system while appreciating the Delhi High Court next door for its smooth functioning.

”We at the inception must note our exasperation at the inability of the virtual court system to work satisfactorily in the Supreme Court while there is no such problems in the Delhi High Court next door!”

The bench comprising Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Justice Dinesh Justice Maheshwari and Justice Hrishikesh Roy were hearing a criminal bail petition when the bench experienced technical difficulties.

The bench stated that the even when there was a single person arguing, there was a resonance of voices and it was difficult to understand why the same was taking place.

The order also stated that disruptions in the virtual court hearings were experienced on Monday as well, when the Supreme Court reopened after its winter break.

“We thus direct the Secretary General to look into this issue as it is becoming very difficult to continue with proceedings in the virtual courts in an appropriate manner,”

directed the Apex Court.

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The virtual court system was introduced during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. The system has helped the top court not lose even a single day’s work during the past 8 months of the coronavirus pandemic.

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