News By/Courtesy: Ayush Garg | 18 May 2020 22:17pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Supreme Court will hear all cases from May 18 to June 19 through video and audio links
  • court has also extended the helpline '1881' to help lawyers and litigants in e-filing and virtual hearings
  • Supreme Court has decided to postpone the summer vacation for five weeks on 15 May

The Supreme Court will hear all cases from May 18 to June 19 through video and audio links. This information was given in a standard operating procedure (SOP) released on Sunday. According to the SOP, the court has also extended the helpline '1881' to help lawyers and litigants in e-filing and virtual hearings.
During the lockdown, the court is hearing only the necessary cases. All these cases are being heard through video conferencing. In such a situation, the new SOP is also special because the Supreme Court has decided to postpone the summer vacation for five weeks on 15 May. Now the court will operate from 18 May to 19 June.
The Supreme Court said, "To contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), considering the prevailing situation, and taking into account the suggestions received from various quarters and the guidelines issued by the Government of India and Government of NCT of Delhi from time to time, the Chief Justice of India has been pleased to direct the constitution of the bench(es) to hear matters in the coming weeks since the Virtual Courts will be functioning from May 18, 2020, to June 19, 2020 (both days inclusive), that is, during the earlier notified summer vacations through video conferencing/ teleconferencing mode only."
Court further said, "The proceedings by video-conference should not be recorded/stored or broadcast, in any manner whatsoever, as recording/copying/storing and/or broadcasting, by any means, of the hearings and proceedings before the apex court are expressly prohibited." "It may be further noted that smooth functioning of the video-conference is squarely dependent upon and subject to the connectivity (signal-strength/bandwidth) available at the end of the remote user(s), and hence it is expected that any party joining a video-conference hearing shall ensure robust connectivity and bandwidth are available at their end - in this regard, parties may use a broadband connection of minimum 2 Mbps/dedicated 4G data connection, and may also ensure that no other device or  no other device or application is connected to or using the bandwidth when the hearing by video-conferencing is progressing on their Vidyo-enabled computer."

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 19 May 2020 18:01pm IST


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