High Court Current Affairs - 2020

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Law Ministry to set up fast track courts after data on POCSO from HCs

The data from the High Courts across the country say that more than 96% of 1,66,882 rape trials registered under POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act) are pending. After receiving the data, law ministry has drawn comprehensive plans to fast track disposal of pending rape cases within a year. The plan is to set up fast track courts to hasten the process.


The aim of the fast track courts is to dispose the cases within 1 year. So far there are 1,66,882 cases that are registered as rape cases and 1,60,989 cases registered under Pocso Act. The government of India is also planning to propose similar fast track courts under the 15th Finance Commission (2020-25).

The law ministry will set up 1,023 fast track court to complete the pending cases. The data from the HC says that there are around 389 districts all over the country where the number of cases under POCSO act exceeded 100.

The Ministry had earlier directed state governments and union territories to set up fast track courts for POCSO cases. Under the order around 218 such courts were set up in UP. The information was given in the Lok Sabha on December 6, 2019.


POCSO act mandates that the investigation of cases registered under the act has to be completed within a time span of 2 months. In spite of such strict law and policy framework, the number of rape and POCSO cases have increased.

Mobile app for lawyers, litigants launched by Delhi HC

On September 27, 2019, the Delhi High Court launched a new mobile application. The app makes the services of the court digitally accessible to litigants and lawyers. It was inaugurated the Delhi High Court Chief Justice D N Patel.

The application bestows with details of the status of the case, cause list and other access links to the court’s website.

Key features of the application

  • The advocates can apply for E – Inspection and gate passes using the app.
  • The litigants can also use the app to get gate passes.
  • Both the litigants and the advocates can get updates of the display board of high court and Supreme Court by using the app. Display boards were installed under the E – Court project. The boards display the called-out case status on the screen
  • The app provides links to learn information about the chief judges and sitting judges.