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SC heard 593 matters, delivered verdicts in 215 cases during COVID-19 lockdown

SC heard 593 matters, delivered verdicts in 215 cases during COVID-19 lockdown

New Delhi: The Supreme Court heard 593 matters via video-conferencing and delivered judgement in 215 of them in a month during the unprecedented nationwide lockdown.

As COVID-19 infections spread in the country, the Supreme Court shut its doors to litigants and lawyers on March 23, two days before the lockdown came into force, but opened up to a virtual new way of functioning, albeit with a reduced strength.

In normal times, the apex court dispose of nearly 3,500 cases on an average a month.

Two-three benches have been taking up "urgent" matters in virtual courtrooms daily during the lockdown period as compared to up to 16 benches hearing cases in normal times.

A total of 87 benches heard 593 cases on 17 working days between Match 23 and April 24, according to data provided by the court.

Though the first phase of the nationwide lockdown for containing the spread of coronavirus started on March 25, the apex

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