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7,039 cases disposed of by Orissa High Court amid COVID-19 Lockdown; limited functioning to continue till July 3

Rintu Mariam Biju

The Orissa High Court recently informed that it was able to dispose of 7,039 cases amid the COVID-19 lockdown between March 23 and May 12, 2020 by way of video conference hearings.

The 7,039 disposed of cases include 2,468 bail applications under Section 438 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), 1,144 bail applications under Section 439 of the CrPC, 2,630 writ petitions, and 347 contempt petitions.

The remaining 450 cases that were disposed of included criminal appeals, writ appeals, first appeals from orders, civil miscellaneous petitions, criminal miscellaneous petitions, criminal revisions and applications under Section 482 of the CrPC.

During the period between March 23 and May 6, 10,597 cases were instituted in the High Court of Orissa.

Further, 14,957 cases were listed before 33 Division Benches and 187 Single Benches, which functioned through video conferencing.

During the initial phase of the lockdown, the Court functioned with two to three Benches on alternative days of the week.

On May 5, the extent of functioning through Video Conferencing was scaled up to five Single Benches on every working day of the week, with one Division Bench working on every Tuesday and Thursday.

Further, on May 26, the functioning of Court through Video Conferencing was again scaled up to seven Single Benches on every working day and one Division Bench was set up on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

In view of the difficulty associated with the lockdown, the Court has facilities willing lawyers and litigants to file cases through e- filing and to conduct cases through video conferencing from their homes/ offices.

It is further informed that an E Seva Kendra had been opened to assist the lawyers and litigants who have no access to IT services and face difficulties in e-filing.

Lawyers and litigants have been permitted to download digital copies of orders and Judgments from High Court website and use those at par with certified copies.

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown, the Orissa High Court had resorted to limited functioning by way of video conference hearing since March 23 and the same is to be continued till July 3.

[Read the note here]

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