In view of the sudden surge in Covid-19 circumstances in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, the Punjab and Haryana Excessive Courtroom on Monday ordered that each one issues listed earlier than it shall be attended to solely via the digital mode or video conferencing from January 5.
Monday’s order was handed by Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana Excessive court docket on the advice of a particular committee, in session with Further Solicitor Common (Union authorities), Advocate Generals for the states of Punjab and Haryana, Senior Standing counsel and Public Prosecutor of Chandigarh, Senior Advocates Bar Affiliation, President and Secretary of Excessive Courtroom Bar Affiliation.
As per the order, the current system of submitting, itemizing and mentioning of circumstances will proceed. In the meantime, the choice to listing recent unusual circumstances within the month of January, handed on December 23 final 12 months, might be stored in abeyance.
In the meantime, the Registrar Common of the Punjab and Haryana Excessive Courtroom, has additionally despatched a communiqué to all of the district and session judges of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, to take acceptable measures at their very own stage relating to listening to of circumstances via video-conferencing /hybrid/ bodily mode in session with administrative choose, the district administration and district bar associations, topic to evaluation of prevailing circumstances of Covid-19 restrictions imposed on this regard.
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447893 circumstances pending at Excessive Courtroom, most of them 5-10 12 months outdated. On January 1 this 12 months, the Punjab and Haryana Excessive Courtroom had a pendency of 447893 circumstances, which incorporates 282933 civil circumstances and 164960 prison circumstances, information confirmed.
As per the Nationwide Judicial Information Grid (NJDG), the pendency contains the info of miscellaneous functions and additional technique of reconciliation of knowledge is beneath course of.
The information of NJDG reveals that among the many pending circumstances within the Excessive Courtroom, the utmost — 23.51% or 1,05,320 circumstances — have been issues that have been filed 5-10 years in the past.
The NJDG web site additionally signifies that amongst pending circumstances, 56,022 (12.51%) are circumstances which are a 12 months outdated, 95,212 (21.26%) circumstances which are one to 3 years outdated, 88,655 (19.79%) circumstances which are pending for 3 to 5 years, 89,340 (19.95%) circumstances which are pending for 10 to twenty years, and 13,344 (2.98%) issues which are pending for mroe than 20 years on the Excessive Courtroom.
The HC benches had been working in a restricted method because the outbreak of Covid in 2020. From September 6 final 12 months, restricted in-person hearings had been resumed after the variety of circumstances got here down.