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The SCAORA has written to the Secretary-General of the Supreme Court stating that part-heard matters may be taken up by Supreme Court only after all parties express willingness to argue via video conferencing.
The Supreme Court Advocates on Record Association (SCAORA) has written to the Secretary-General (S-G) of the Supreme Court urging for part-heard and regular matters to be taken up only on Advocates giving joint consent to argue in virtual mode.
The Supreme Court on July 4 notified that from the week commencing Monday, July 13, the Supreme Court may take up part-heard and regular cases for hearing on non-Miscellaneous days, that is, Tuesdays through Thursdays.
The Supreme Court's circular also notified the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) guidelines for virtual hearings that would continue for the time being in light of the critical COVID-19 situation.
The SCAORA, on July 5, made two representations to the S-G of the Supreme Court in light of its circular, one urging the Court to take up part-heard matters only after all Advocates express willingness to argue via video conferencing, and another requesting the Apex Court to provide more facilities for video conferencing within the Supreme Court premises.
In its first representation touching upon listing of part-heard and regular matters, the SCAORA has requested the administration to consider publishing a cause-list of the Supreme Court with part-heard or regular matters after giving notice to that effect to the lawyers two weeks in advance and only if a joint consent is received as such.
In a separate representation made, also on July 5, the SCAORA has also requested for provision of sufficient facilities for video conferencing in the Supreme Court premises. The letter submitted by SCAORA highlights the several complaints and grievances raised by the members of the Bar as regards connectivity issues and technical glitches during virtual Court hearings.
It is also stated that despite the helpline number being put in place, the grievances were not redressed. As such a request is made for setting up sufficient facilities for video conferencing within the Supreme Court's premises itself to help the members of the Bar.
SCAORA has additionally, also requested for an extension on the timeframe within which an Advocate may make a request for availing Supreme Court's facilities for appearing via video conferencing.
Read SCAORA's representations: