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SCAORA writes to Chief Justice of India, seeks short adjournments for some cases listed during Lockdown 4

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The President of the Supreme Court Advocates on Record Association (SCAORA) has written to the Chief Justice of India, Justice SA Bobde seeking short adjournments in some cases listed between May 18 and May 31.

In the letter written by the President of SCAORA, Advocate Shivaji Jadhav has sought short adjournments in some cases that have been listed between May 18 and May 31 in view of various requests for the same made from several Advocates on record (AOR).

Many of these Advocates are unable to circulate letters seeking adjournment in the matters that they are involved in. Therefore, a common request has been made for accommodating short adjournments through the letter by Jadhav.

It is stated in the letter that many lawyers who had travelled outside of Delhi NCR during the Holi break and who did not return before the imposition of the lockdown would be in need of seeking such an adjournment. The same also goes for those Advocates who are unable to access their files and briefs or their offices and chambers on account of the movement between NCR region being restricted and the sealing of Delhi's border.

Many of the fresh filings of lawyers are placed inside their locker rooms or Bar rooms and cannot be retrieved given that the same remained locked, it is stated in the letter.

Additionally, those lawyers who are restricted inside containment zones and who cannot move outside of the same would also be in need of adjournments, Jadhav points out.

On account of various other factors also, the lawyers may not be able to present their case effectively, Jadhav's letter says.

"The AORs /Advocates who had traveled to remote places and could not come back to Delhi and also, some of the AORs/Advocates living in the NCR region have informed that their matters are listed and neither do they have their files nor any laptop/desktop or sufficient bandwidth of signals to present their case effectively before the virtual court."
Shivaji Jadhav's letter says.

In light of these circumstances brought about by the pandemic and its resultant lockdown, the SCAORA President has requested the Supreme Court to accommodate short adjournments in the cases and not pass any adverse orders in the interest of justice.

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