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Special Benches of the Gujarat High Court, constituted to hear criminal appeals in which legal aid has been provided, will sit on all Saturdays (excluding public holidays) with effect from September 9.
A notice issued by Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy also requests parties and their counsel to be ready to appear on Saturdays to present their cases.
Yesterday, 51 cases were reportedly put up before three different benches that sat to hear criminal appeals, ten of which were disposed of.
Registrar General RR Patel was quoted as saying,
“After getting their consent regarding availability on Saturday for a particular case, we can intimate the government pleader’s office to tell the concerned advocate to represent the government. The high court has also formed five benches, three division benches and two single-judge benches to hear these appeals.”
The Supreme Court annual report states that as of June last year, a total of 92,936 cases were pending at the Gujarat High Court. 16,092 of these were criminal appeals.
This is not the first time a high court has taken initiative to deal with burgeoning criminal appeals. Last year, the Jharkhand High Court resolved to work through the vacations to cut down the pendency of criminal appeals.
Read the notice: