Inside the Virtual Court: 5,714 matters disposed of by Gujarat HC in September 2020 [Read Report]
The Gujarat High Court's monthly Report summarises its tryst with the virtual with descriptions of various aspects of video conferencing.
Inside the Virtual Court: 5,714 matters disposed of by Gujarat HC in September 2020 [Read Report]

The Gujarat High Court has released its fourth Monthly Report documenting the Court's virtual functioning amid the continuing pandemic.

The report, prepared on the directions of the Chief Justice, contains statistics on the number of matters filed, registered, and disposed of in the month of September.

The report further classifies them by their type and the nature of relief sought.

Published to inform stakeholders of how the Court has been discharging its judicial functions in the month of July, the Report summarises its tryst with the virtual with brief descriptions of various aspects of the video conferencing process.

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Highlights of the September report

  • Around 4,100 civil and 4,000 criminal cases were filed, the report states. These figures are inclusive of interim applications as well.

  • 5,655 of the 6,642 matters filed were registered, the report further informs. All interim applications filed were registered, it is reported.

  • Certain matters filed before September also came to be registered in September, the report narrates.

  • On the 24 working days of the Court, an average of 277 cases and 63 interim applications came to be registered.

  • Among civil cases, a major chunk of the matters comprised of Special Civil Applications (SCAs), the document reports.

  • Interestingly, the entirety of the twenty civil writ petitions registered were public interest litigation pleas.

  • Most of the criminal cases filed were criminal miscellaneous applications, the report states.

  • The report records that a total of 18,296 matters (both Civil and Criminal) were listed for hearing, including interim applications.

  • The High Court’s statistics record the disposal of 5,714 cases (including 1135 Interim Applications). 3,078 of this were civil and 2,636 criminal.

  • Moreover, a total of 167 Single-Bench,12 Division-Bench Judgments and 14,774 Orders were passed by the Court over the month.

  • Against the registration of 5,655 main cases during the month, 4,579 main matters were disposed of, thereby giving a Case Clearance Rate of 80.97%. If the disposal of Interim Applications is also taken together, against the total inflow of 7,179 cases/IAs, 5,714 matters were disposed of, which would give Case Clearance Rate of 79.59%.

"Month of September, 2020 witnessed highest number of matters being listed after March, 2020 during this pandemic crisis situation."
Gujarat High Court Report

As in the previous report, September’s volume specifies the work done by the various Benches.

All of the Judges attended Court from their homes. Throughout the month, there were 3 sittings of single judge benches and 2 sittings of Division Benches on 3 different Saturdays.

The report also contains a quarterly appraisal of the Court's working ever since the beginning of the lockdown.

Read the Report here:

Monthly Report on working of High Court of Gujarat - September 2020.pdf
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