In the 12-year history of the Supreme Court, 2020 was the year with the most number of court rulings, Chief Justice Ahmed Muhthasim Adnan has stated.
In a message commemorating the 12-year anniversary of the top court, the Chief Justice spoke about the major achievements by the Supreme Court in the past year as well as targets for the future.
The Chief Justice said that 202 was the year with the most number of scheduled cases, hearings as well as rulings in the history of the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice also read out statistics regarding the achievement. In 2020, the top court heard 241 cases and issued verdicts for 49 of these cases. On average the top court had issued verdicts in 24 cases, in the past 11 years.
“From September 18 last year to September 18 this year, 251 hearings were held. The average number of rulings in the last 11 years was 24. However, in 2020, 49 rulings were issued by the Supreme Court. 13 cases were also decided on whether or not to be reviewed by the court. Five cases were reviewed procedurally. On average, this is an increase of 73.4 percent from previous years.” Said Chief Justice Muhthasim.
He also noted modernization and advancements brought to the court such as audio recording of hearings, which were made public on the court’s website.
The court also held its first-ever video conference hearing on June 2, 2020 and after noting this achievement, the Chief Justice stated that hearings have been broadcast live from the on.
The Chief Justice then noted the bureaucratic easements brought to the court such as the reduction of documentation related to cases. Efforts are also being made to broadcast physical hearings at the top court in the future, said the Chief Justice who noted that it was another target to conduct hearings electronically without the use of paper documents.
“We are working with the vision of Information Technology, to conduct Supreme Court hearings and works of the court in a paperless electronic manner with convenience and fluidity.
Ending his statement the Chief Justice said that it was the aim of the court to obtain public faith in getting justice through the court, and eventually establish a just system in the country.