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An attempt to initiate discussion: Shyam Divan suggests framing of Rules for hearing Supreme Court matters during COVID-19

The draft legislation framed by the Senior Advocate and his team envisions the modalities by which virtual and physical hearings can take place before the Apex Court for the foreseeable future.

Aditya AK

With a view to setting the ball rolling to create a uniform procedure for hearings of the Supreme Court amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Senior Advocate Shyam Divan and his colleagues have framed a draft legislation.

Shyam Divan
Shyam Divan

Titled the Supreme Court (COVID-19 Pandemic) Emergency Procedure Rules, 2020, the draft legislation envisions the modalities by which virtual and physical hearings can take place before the Apex Court for the foreseeable future.

As per the explanatory statement of the Rules,

“The present circumstances require new procedures to be adopted by the Supreme Court of India as a temporary measure until the health threat caused by COVID-19 fully abates or recedes substantially to a level where work may resume normally. These rules are issued as a temporary measure to ensure functioning of the Supreme Court of India with a view to provide access to justice and to uphold the Rule of Law.”

Rules framed by Divan and team

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