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Bombay HC starts hearing urgent matters via video-conferencing – Times of India

MUMBAI: To secure access to justice during the Covid-19 pandemic, Bombay high court is conducting cases through video conferencing now. It is being tested in Mumbai, the principal bench of the HC where no one needs to step out of their residence to participate in judicial proceedings, said the HC in a release on Thursday.
At the benches of the high court at Nagpur, Aurangabad and high court at Goa, video conferencing facility is provided on the lines of the facility extended by the Supreme Court. “This measure will ensure that urgent matters are attended to even during the present crisis,” it said.
Significantly, the HC is also considering setting up such a facility on a long term basis.
The HC is requesting the Maharashtra Government to release requisite finances for these measures.
There was a request by a group of lawyers recently that video-conferencing be used for judicial proceedings during the coronavirus lockdown.
The HC had on March 26 in an order passed by chief justice B P Dharmadhikari along with three seniormost Judges, Justices AA Sayed, S S Shinde and K K Tated, observed that the video-conferening facility was available since a week.
It is now being implemented.
The Apex court is hearing several urgent matters during the covid lockdown through videoconferencing next week.

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