Coronavirus: SCBA urges CJI to declare four-week vacation for Supreme Court for wellbeing of all stakeholders
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Coronavirus: SCBA urges CJI to declare four-week vacation for Supreme Court for wellbeing of all stakeholders

Shruti Mahajan

The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) has requested the CJI to consider declaring a four-week vacation for the Supreme Court in light of the Coronavirus outbreak.

In the interest of and for the well-being of all the stakeholders involved, the Executive Committee of the SCBA, in its resolution, has urged the Chief Justice of India and other Judges of the Supreme Court to consider declaring a four week vacation in the Supreme Court starting Monday, March 23.

It is also urged for the Court to consider adjusting the lost working days of the Apex Court against the schduled Summer vacation slated to begin in mid-May.

...It has been resolved that Hon'ble Chief Justice and Hon'ble Justices of the Supreme Court may consider the feelings and the well-being of all stake-holders, declare vacation in the Supreme Court for four weeks beginning on Monday the 23rd of March for the present.
SCBA resolution dated March 21, 2020

The resolution of the SCBA says that further action in this reghard will be taken after three weeks based on the prevelant situation at the time and has also assured that the EC of the SCBA has resolved to help the institution at any point in time as required.

The Supreme Court, since March 16, has been carrying out restricted functioning with limited Benches assembling in the Apex Court to hear only urgent matters. The Court had also issued circulars advising persons to refrain from coming to the Court unless absolutely required as a measure to prevent crowding in the Court.

Various steps such as thermal screening of entrants, imposing a cap on the number of people entering a Courtroom, and making entrants sign self-declaration forms have also been put in place by the Court for all those persons who need to enter the Court at this time.

Read Resolution:

SCBA Resolution - 21.03.2020.pdf
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