SC to proceed with digital courtroom hearings

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 25

The Supreme has determined to proceed with digital courtroom hearings in the interim in view of medical specialists’ recommendation aimed toward checking unfold of COVID19 pandemic.

A seven-judge panel of the Supreme Court conveyed the choice towards resumption of bodily courtroom to bar leaders in a gathering on Friday.

Headed by Justice NV Ramana, the judges’ panel has determined to not open the Supreme Court for bodily hearings in the interim as per recommendation of medical specialists, bar leaders have been advised.

Other members of the judges’ panel are Justices Arun Mishra, Rohington Nariman, UU Lalit, A M Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and LN Rao.

“It was also decided by their lordships to meet the representatives of the Bar after two weeks and then to restart the working of the court in a phased manner,” Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Dushyant Dave wrote to SCBA members.

Besides Dave, different bar leaders who met the judges’ panel have been Bar Council of India (BCI) Chairperson Manan Kumar Mishra and Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Association (SCAORA) President Shivaji Jadhav.

The high courtroom has been holding digital courts via video conferencing since March 25 following announcement of a nationwide lockdown attributable to COVID-19. 

But even after lifting of lockdown, it determined to proceed with the digital courtroom hearings until additional orders.

BCI, SCBA and SCAORA have been demanding resumption of bodily courtroom hearings.

However, the judges’ panel had within the second week of June determined towards it in view of COVID19 state of affairs. 

Ruling out the opportunity of bodily courtroom proceedings in the interim due COVID19 pandemic, the CJI had on Wednesday stated a seven-judge panel will assessment the state of affairs.

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