STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Orissa HC forms special benches to hear appeals on Saturdays

The Orissa High Court has constituted three special benches that will hear jail criminal appeals on Saturdays, which are holidays for the court. 

Published: 29th February 2020 10:17 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th February 2020 10:17 AM   |  A+A-

Orissa High Court

Orissa High Court

By Express News Service

CUTTACK: The Orissa High Court has constituted three special benches that will hear jail criminal appeals on Saturdays, which are holidays for the court. Jail criminal appeals are filed by defendants convicted by trial courts, exercising absolute right to appeal against their conviction from jail.A notice issued by the High Court Registry said the three special benches - one single judge bench and two division benches - will hear more than five-year-old jail criminal appeals filed up to 2015. The cases in which appellants are found unrepresented will be assigned to counsels empanelled by the High Court Legal Services Committee, Deputy Registrar (Judicial) SK Mishra said in the notice.

One of the two division benches constituted for the special hearings comprise Justice SK Sahoo and Justice BP Routray while the other will have Justice Pramath Patnaik and Justice AK Mishra. The single judge bench of Justice SK Sahoo will also hear jail criminal appeals on Saturdays.Hearing of jail criminal appeals by special benches on a holiday assumes significance in view of increasing backlog of such cases in the High Court. While around 54 appeals were filed on an average every year between 2000 and 2015, the average number from 2016 has been 83.

A total of 1,221 appeals are presently pending in the High Court of which 419 have been filed since 2016. The rest 802 are more than five-year-old.Earlier, after finding criminal appeals pending for years the court had disposed of some by granting bail in cases where the petitioners had already spent 11 to 14 years in jail. “There is no reasonable probability of the appeal being taken up for final disposal in near future. Hence, the application for bail of the petitioner is allowed,” a division bench said in identical orders while disposing of some jail criminal appeals.

Stay up to date on all the latest Odisha news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp