Allahabad HC records disposal of 33,512 cases during restricted functioning amid COVID-19

Team SoOLEGAL 7 Sep 2020 4:20pm

Allahabad HC records disposal of 33,512 cases during restricted functioning amid COVID-19

During Covid 19 lockdown, Allahabad High Court and Lucknow High Court were under restricted functions but Allahabad High Court has disposed off 2645 cases through its principle bench and in Lucknow bench.

In this span there were 7054 cases that were disposed off. There was an order released on in June, 2020 where it was said that physical hearings should start but then in Lucknow, since there was a rise in covid positive cases, physical hearings were suspended. Amidst the lockdown, it is revealed now that 86,783 cases were heard in Allahabad High Court, among which 26,458 cases were decided and 2436 took place and were decided via video conferencing.

43213 cases were heard in Lucknow High Court, among which 7054 cases were decided and 4454 cases were decided via video conferencing. 42,64,119 cases have been going on in the Subordinate courts to the High Court for hearing. 4,16,677 of which 1,17,698 were disposed of by Virtual Courts. Approximately, 3,42,229 cases involving under-trial inmates have also been disposed off.

Throughout the Pandemic Lockdown period, Chief justice Govind Mathur along with 97 other judges were working at the High Court.

There were certain precautionary measures taken by the High Court for Covid 19 including

1.     Video conferencing hearings will take place alongside of physical hearings.

2.     In case physical hearings, Allahabad High Court will have only 2 entry points open whereas before there used to be 28 major and small entry points open.

3.     Entries will be processed via e-passes and not manual passes anymore.

4.     Social distancing must be maintained at any cost and at a very strict manner.

5.     Court rooms will be allotted in such a manner that every alternate court room will stay vacant and those clients and their respective councils will use that as waiting room and for their turn to appear before the judge. This measure is taken so that the corridors do not get crowded and safety measures are followed.

6.     All over the Court buildings, there are types of sanitisers available as a safety purpose.

7.     Since the month of March, all the personal chambers of different advocates, bar associations have been kept closed inside or just outside the Court premises to avoid crowding of people.

8.     The staff or advocate canteens have also been kept closed.

9.     There has been a separate room created for filing of fresh matters so that all the files are sanitised separately and then only they will be passed on to the court.

10.  In the area of the court premises, face shields, masks and sanitisers have been kept in abundance for people to use.

11.  Covid 19 testing camps have been set up at Prayagraj and Lucknow and there have been regular check ups going on at both the places.

Tagged: Allahabad HC   COVID-19   Lucknow High Court   Covid Cases   Pandemic Lockdown period   Chief justice Govind Mathur  
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