Centre reports physical hearings resumption in 16 out of 25 High Courts

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Sreya Kanugula

Around 16 out of the country’s total 25 high courts had been reported to be continuing with physical hearings and had cautiously re-opened their doors for people, informed the Centre to the Rajya Sabha.

The physical hearings had been stopped since the lock down was announced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nine of the high courts were yet to resume listening to hearings physically and had continued to do so virtually, was the information given to the Upper House.

This was in response to a question to the Centre on whether several high courts were still working only through means of virtual hearings.

The Minister of Law and Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad had answered this in a written letter on how “nine high courts are still functioning through virtual hearing only.”

These courts were listed to be those of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Manipur, Orissa, Punjab and Haryana along with Sikkim.

Almost all of the high courts, including those who had continued physical hearings, the virtual or video conference (VC) judicial courts were still reported to be operating.

India currently consists of 25 high courts across the country.

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