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Limited physical hearings: Supreme Court releases e-user guide for counsel and clerks, details for special hearing entry pass

The user guide details the procedure for e-nomination of counsel and clerks for physical hearings, and also contains details on how to obtain e-passes for the special physical hearings.

Debayan Roy

The Supreme Court of India has released a 17-page note containing entry and nomination guidelines for the limited physical court hearings that have been taking place since September 1, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The user guide details the procedure for e-nomination of counsel and clerks for physical hearings, and also contains details on how to obtain e-passes for the special physical hearings.

The guide states that the entry of registered clerks is permitted to assist Advocates on Record or counsel for supplying physical material, as may be required. However, registered clerks are not permitted to enter inside the court rooms.

Though they are not counted as attendees inside the court room, clerks are allowed up to the court rooms.

On the day a given case is listed before the Court, nominated entries can be edited or changed till 9:00 am. In case an AoR has to change the counsel for any reason, he or she can do the same by deleting the existing counsel entry.

The guide states that if on a particular day, appearance is to be marked in more than one case, multiple passes are required to be generated for that day.

For each item number listed before the Court, a separate pass is required. Accordingly, one has to check the schedule for the day and generate all passes listed for that day before the various courts.

Before physically entering the Supreme Court premises, entrants have to mandatorily sign a self-declaration form about fitness and good health, ruling out possibility of self-infection.

[Read the user guide]

User Guide- Limited Physical Hearing SOP.pdf
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