Supreme Court planning to resume physical hearing by first week of March: BCI press release

The Bar Council of India issued a press release saying that physical hearing of cases in a limited manner will be resumed by the first week of March in the Supreme Court. Details discussed in a meeting that took place on 2nd February between the leaders of the Bar and the Chief Justice of India, SA Bobde to discuss this resumption were shared in this press release. It was made clear that judges of the Supreme Court are willing to resume the physical hearings by the CJI. Various technical as well as medical issues are trying to be fixed. A hybrid method of physical and virtual hearing will take place and they will be limited in amount. Only lawyers present in Delhi should be allowed and the same to be done through “cable connections either in lawyers chambers or in cubicles (to be installed in the premises of the Supreme Court).”, this was suggested by Senior Counsel Vikas Singh and was included in the press release. This proposal was agreed upon by the CJI. The Secretary General along with the leaders of the Bar will decide upon a Standard Operating Procedure consisting of guidelines for the hybrid hearings. The difficulties faced by various lawyers due to the continuation of online hearings was informed to the CJI. The CJI was also informed about the resentment among members of the Bar due to the statements passed by a few judges of the Supreme Court who spoke about continuing the virtual hearings even after the pandemic by the BCI Chairperson Manan Kumar Mishra.

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