News By/Courtesy: Ayush Garg | 19 May 2020 20:49pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • apex court has been holding hearings through video conferencing since March 25 due to the nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus
  • Supreme Court observed that one virtual court (VC) can hear as many as 40 matters through video-conferencing in a day.
  • New SOP was released a day before stating to postpone five weeks of summer vacation and work from 18 May to 19 June

The Supreme Court on Monday, advocating new techniques like video conferencing, said that through it, a court can hear up to 40 cases a day. The top court has been hearing important cases since March 25 through video conferencing since the applicable lockdown in the country. Proximity cards of compulsory lawyers and court employees have been suspended for entry into the apex court premises in the fear of coronavirus outbreak.
A bench of Justice R Bhanumathi, Justice Indu Malhotra, and Justice Anirudh Bose remarked that 40 cases could be easily heard in place of 20 through video conferencing, provided that the arguing counsels leave the virtual courtroom (screen space) just after finishing their cases. Justice Bhanumathi said that she would discuss this with Chief Justice SA Bobde.
According to earlier Standard Procedure of Working (SOP) issued by the apex court, only important cases are currently listed for immediate hearing. According to the new standard procedure issued by the apex court on Sunday, new cases that could have been listed before the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown will now be listed first. According to this new notification, after the completion of the list of new cases, the cases of small cases category will be listed. The new circular issued on Sunday is important, as the Supreme Court has decided to postpone five weeks of summer vacation and work from 18 May to 19 June.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 20 May 2020 11:48am IST


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