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The Supreme Court will hold a full court meeting on Monday, March 23 to consider the further steps to be taken in light of COVID-19 outbreak.
A Full Court meeting will be held at the Supreme Court at 12.30PM on Monday, March 23 to discuss the further steps to be taken by the Apex Court in light of the restrictions imposed to curtail spread of COVID-19.
The Full Court will consider the recommendations made by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and Supreme Court Advocates on Record Association (SCAORA) to further restrict the functioning of the Supreme Court.
In their resolutions, both the Associations urged the Supreme Court to restrict its functioning to hear only urgent matters pertaining to death warrant and personal liberty. The recommendations also added that the lost working days can be accomodated against the summer vacation scheduled to begin in Mid May.
In another move, the Bench headed by Chief Justice of India is also slated to take up matters listed before it via video conferencing on Monday, March 23 as a way to prevent crowding in Courtroom. The trial run of proceedings through video conferencing will be conducted by the Bench of CJI SA Bobde with Justice DY Chandrachud.
The Counsel appearing in matters listed before this Bench will be required to address the Court through the Monitoring Room in the Old Court Master Wing.
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.