According to Registrar General Rai Chattopadhyay, the Calcutta High Court has agreed to increase judicial activity from yesterday, September 8 and has also ordered the district courts to take appropriate action to deal with pending cases. Upon consideration of the recommendation by the High Court’s COVID Committee comprising senior judges, Chief Justice T B N Radhakrishnan ordered that provision be made for the taking up of criminal appeals which are pending to be heard from the year 2018.
The order also stated that Judicial and criminal review submitted for hearing until 2018, and petitions submitted under Section 11 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 until the year 2019, which are ready for hearing, should also be attempted to be heard. The order gave the parties the benefit to decide the mode of hearing. As per the agreement of the parties, the hearings can be exclusively by video conferencing or in the hybrid form or even physically, provided that at any given point in time no more than eight lawyers are expected to be present at court.
In addition to the bench presided over by the Chief Justice and four single benches, the order said, there should be three division benches sitting on a regular beginning September 8. Every Wednesday in the video conference room, all matters relating to the Port Blair Circuit Bench will be heard with a division bench and a single bench taking up petitions listed for hearing.
The order said that district judges, as far as district courts are concerned, should take suitable steps, as the circumstances require, improving the functioning of the courts.
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