Bar Council of India (BCI)
Bar Council of India (BCI)

Bar Council of India sets up four video conferencing rooms for lawyers, to be operational from May 26

Shruti Mahajan

The Bar Council of India has developed four well equipped video conferencing rooms for the benefit of lawyers of the Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court, which will be made available starting May 26.

These rooms will be made available to the lawyers free of any charge on a first come first serve basis and the advocates willing to use this facility will have to book the room for their desired time slot by sending an email on the prescribed ID.

These fully equipped rooms complete with Wifi internet will also have computer friendly staff to help the lawyers with using the technology.

The BCI has imposed a restriction on the number of advocates who can make use of a room at any given time and requests the lawyers to ensure that the norms of safe distancing are maintained and the lawyers are wearing N95 masks.

Not more than 2 Advocates/Persons will be allowed to enter the premises of Bar Council of India for a particular case, ideally, however, if both sides come for the Video Conferencing in one case, then the total number of persons should not exceed four.
BCI states

While shoes will not be permitted inside these video conferencing rooms, lawyers are also requested to ensure that alcohol-based hand sanitizers are carried with them.

The sole object behind this decision is to help the common Advocates, who have no Chambers and/or system or necessary expertise available with them.
BCI Press Statement

The BCI says it is also in the process of developing Arbitration and Mediation centres and hopes that the same will be functional in the next 5-6 weeks.

Read BCI press release:

Press Release-VC Facillity at BCI- Dated 22.05.2020.pdf
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