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Supreme Courts caseload during COVID-19

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The JALDI (Justice, Access and Lowering Delays in India) Initiative at Vidhi, has undertaken an empirical study of all cases that were listed before the SC during the month of April 2020, when the nation-wide lockdown was imposed. During this period, there were no physical hearings and the SC conducted only virtual hearings of urgent matters. This paper looks at how these two unique developments – embedding of virtual hearings as part of judicial process and listing of only ‘urgent’ matters –have impacted the workload of the SC.