In a historic move, Nepal’s Supreme Court assigns cases for hearing through lottery

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Kathmandu: In a historic move, the cases at the Supreme Court (SC) were assigned for hearing through a lottery for the first time on Wednesday. A total of 11 benches including two single benches have been assigned for hearing today.

A full court meeting of Justices at the apex court excluding Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana held on November 25 had decided to assign cases for hearing through a lottery from December 1. The apex court Justices and the Nepal Bar Association had been demanding assignments for a hearing through a lottery system.

A report submitted by Justice Hari Krishna Karki related to reforms in the Supreme Court had suggested assigning cases for hearing through a lottery. A full court, a meeting of all Justices of the apex court, on November 18 had decided to assign cases for hearing through a lottery.

Cases were earlier assigned by the Chief Justice at the Supreme Court established some 70 years ago.

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