The Supreme Court on Thursday completed 71 years of its operations. The Supreme Court stated that in the wake of the Coronavirus epidemic, in 2020 it faced a major and unexpected challenge to ensure that people had access to justice in an uninterrupted and timely manner.
The first meeting of the Supreme Court was held on 28 January 1950. The apex court said in an official statement on the occasion that it was protecting the rights and freedoms of citizens while upholding constitutional values and rules of justice.
In a statement, the court said that during the Corona period in 2020, it heard 43,713 cases through video conferencing. During a period of about 9 months from March 23 to December 31, 2020, 1998 the bench sat so that cases could be heard through virtual means. The court served for 231 days in the year 2020.
It had 13 days of holidays. The registry continued to operate for 271 days, compared to an average of 268 days in the last three years. It stated that the Kovid-19 protocol was fully adhered to despite challenges such as technical constraints and reduced workforce.
It is also reported that 408 officers/employees of the Supreme Court were infected with Kovid-19 and one died. However, about 99 percent of the officers/employees found positive were caseless or with mild symptoms.