Now that the hearing of cases is starting in the presence of people in lower courts across the country, the National Informatics Center has started the Kovid Management Protocol. This is aimed at preventing judicial officers from gathering in large numbers in the courtroom and hearing only urgent matters to reduce the spread of infection.
According to information provided by the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law, the protocols were prepared last year by a team of National Informatics Center (NIC) based in Pune under the guidelines of the Supreme Court's e-Committee. Under this, district courts can systematically list cases, allow time for hearing and avoid hearing cases involving the same lawyer in different courts. This can ensure the safety of all the parties including litigants, lawyers, court personnel and judges.
Not only this, the protocol allows judicial officers to hear only urgent matters and postpone the hearing of those cases which are not urgent, to prevent large number of people from gathering in the courtroom. Let us inform that from March 24 to September 30 last year, about 19,000 district courts heard 19,33,492 cases in a virtual manner.