As the courts resume physical hearings after the easing of the coronavirus-induced lockdown in the country, the National Information Center has introduced a “Covid management patch” to allow magistrates to retain only urgent cases in order to ‘Avoid overcrowding courtrooms and prevent the spread of the virus.
The COVID-19 management patch was developed in the Business Information System (CIS) to aid in smart business planning, according to information released to the public domain by the Justice Department of the Department of Justice .
According to one of these documents, the patch allows the courts to proceed in a systematic and planned manner to reduce the risks associated with the presence of large numbers of people on the premises of the court. This will help contain the spread of the coronavirus in district and subordinate courts.
A NIC team in Pune, led by the Supreme Court eCommittee, had developed the patch last year. This is a set of protocols outlining measures that can be adopted by the district judiciary to facilitate smart case planning, allocating time slots for hearings and avoiding duplication of hearings involving the same lawyer. in different jurisdictions. It aims to protect the safety of all stakeholders, including litigants, lawyers, court staff and judges, according to the document.
The patch allows court officers to withhold urgent cases and adjourn non-urgent cases on the case list to avoid overcrowding in courtrooms.
Between March 24, 2020, when the national lockdown was imposed, and September 31 of last year, the nearly 19,000 district courts heard virtually 1933,492 cases, according to the Justice Department. Now the cases are physically heard in lower courts across India.
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