In a first since lockdown, HC constitutes 9 Benches - ECAS Punjab

In a first since lockdown, HC constitutes 9 Benches

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Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8

For the first time since the Punjab and Haryana High Court went into restricted functioning mode more than 50 days back following the outbreak of Covid-19, it today constituted one division and eight single benches to hear urgent and ordinary cases through virtual hearing. In all, the High Court took up no less than 99 cases today through videoconferencing.

Available information suggests that the number of Benches may vary in future in accordance with the filing and the workload; and can be more than nine, if required. But the development comes as an indicator of the things to come and the judiciary's attempt to prevent the period from turning into a "denial of justice phase".

"These are unprecedented times and the prevailing situation is such that could never have been visualised. The High Court, under the circumstances, is working hard to streamline the system. Some of the staff members are sitting late into the night to ensure there is no disconnect between the HC and the advocates appearing before the Benches for virtual hearing." says a senior High Court functionary.

High Court Registrar (Computerisation) Sudeep Goel said: "If somehow, videoconference cannot be connected through any mode, to avoid inconvenience, audio conference/call will be connected by the High Court team with the permission of the Bench concerned," he says.



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