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The Supreme Court has issued fresh Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) guidelines which states that regular matters and matters for final hearing may be listed on Tuesdays through Thursdays starting July 13.
The Supreme Court has reopened after a brief two week summer vacation today and will continue functioning via video conferencing, a notification issued by the Apex Court says.
The Supreme Court has issued fresh Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) guidelines which states that regular matters and matters for final hearing may be listed on Tuesdays through Thursdays, starting July 13. Mondays and Fridays will be earmarked for Miscellaneous matters keeping in line with the usual procedure practised at Supreme Court.
In light of the continually developing situation around the COVID-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court has, from time to time, notified SOPs for conducting hearings before it while ensuring the safety of the stakeholders.
The circular notifying the fresh SOP guidelines issued on July 4 states that the Court will continue to hear cases via video conferencing from the week commencing Monday, July 6 in view of the COVID-19 related guidelines laid down by the Centre as well as the government of Delhi.
The week between July 6 and July 10 will be designated for the listing of cases that had been "lying in the pool" and could not be taken up for hearing earlier.
From the week commencing Monday, July 13, the usual practice of miscellaneous and non-miscellaneous days will be followed at the Supreme Court based on the requirement and availability of the Benches. The notification to this effect says,
The causelist for any particular day will be published three days in advance and the time of the sitting of each virtual Court will be notified in the causelist.
The Advocates or Parties-in-person would be required to inform the Registry if they would be joining the virtual court hearing through their own setup or if they would like to avail the facilities being provided by the Supreme Court.
The Court shall continue to provide a maximum of two links for Advocates to join the hearing and one viewing link for litigants for these hearings.
The guidelines also specify the detailed procedure to be followed for mentioning, e-filing, as well as for joining the virtual court hearings which remain by and large unchanged. The hearings will continue to be conducted via the VIDYO app.