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The Supreme Court Bench will take up a matter concerning guidelines for the functioning of the Court through Video Conferencing tomorrow.
As per the causelist for tomorrow, the matter titled "In re Guidelines for Court Functioning through Video Conferencing during COVID 19 Pandemic" will be taken up tomorrow by a Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Nageswara Rao at 12.30 pm.
As the nation went into lockdown reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, the Supreme Court, High Courts and subordinate courts across the country halted regular functioning.
Instead the courts are confining to hearing only urgent matters, using video conferencing and other digital means, so that litigants, lawyers and judges do not have interact in close physical proximity and to reduce congestion in courts.
Earlier today, Senior Advocate Vikas Singh wrote to Chief Justice of India, SA Bobde urging that the Supreme Court Rules be amended so that video conference hearings can continue in the long term, as a measure to decongest the top Court.
Recently, Justice Chandrachud, who is also the Chairperson of the Supreme Court E-Committee, interacted with the Chairpersons of the Computer Committees of High Courts, to review the measures taken for hearing urgent cases promptly during the COVID-19 lockdown.
During the interaction via video conference, the participants also agreed with the suggestion by Justice Chandrachud that the use of technology must be institutionalised even after the lockdown is lifted and normalcy returns.