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446 cases disposed of by Madras High Court during COVID-19 Lockdown; 10,206 cases disposed of by subordinate courts [Read Press Release]

Meera Emmanuel

The Madras High Court on Friday informed that it was able to dispose of 446 cases amid the COVID-19 lockdown between March 26 and May 7, 2020.

As per a press release issued in this regard, 732 cases were instituted in the Principal Bench of the Madras High Court, of which 341 cases were disposed of. The Madurai Bench was able to dispose of 105 cases of the 215 cases that were instituted.

In the same period, it has been reported that 12,109 were instituted before subordinate courts in Tamil Nadu, of which 10,206 cases were disposed of.

The rise of the COVID-19 pandemic saw the Madras High Court and subordinate courts restrict its functioning over time, eventually transitioning to hearing urgent matters through video conferencing alone.

The press release issued on Friday intimates that from April 18 onwards, the Court has only been hearing cases via video conferencing.

Read the Press Release:

Press Release - Case Disposal Statistics - Madras HC.pdf

Recently, the High Court had decided to continue its functioning via video conferencing given the grim pandemic situation in Tamil Nadu.

However, it was also informed that more judges would sit to hear cases from this month onwards and that the number of cases taken up during this period may be enhanced in a limited, staggered manner.

Prior to this, the Court had already announced that the summer vacations earlier scheduled to begin from this month had been cancelled to make up for the loss in work amid the Court's restricted functioning during the lockdown.

On a related note, the Tamil Nadu Bar Council of Friday resolved to request the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court that regular sittings of the Court be resumed from June onwards, taking into consideration of all relevant aspects

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