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The Supreme Court may use alternative platforms such as WhatsApp, Facetime, or Skype to continue hearing matters of extreme urgency in case of linkage issues in Vidyo App.
The Court has issued a circular to clarify certain aspects pertaining to the video conferencing hearings for extremely urgent matters. One of the clarifications held states that to avoid linkage issues with the designated app Vidyo to be used for hearings, the lawyers may metion their WhatsApp, Skype, and Facetime details alternatively.
On March 23, the Supreme Court notified the modalities for facilitating hearings for matters of extreme urgency through video conferencing owing to lockdown in Delhi due to COVID-19 outbreak. One day later, a nationwide lockdown was announced by PM Narendtra Modi.
In cases of extreme urgency only, the Supreme Court notified, the Advocate on Record or the party in person is required to send an urgency application and a synopsis of the matter on the notified email ID latest by 2PM one day ahead of the sitting of the Bench. It will be based on the prayer made in the matter, that the Presiding Judge of the Bench will decide whether the case qualifies as urgent to be heard.
The platform used for such video conferencing of hearings is "Vidyo" and can be downloaded from the e-courts website.
The proceedings undertaken through video conferencing can be viewed by the members of the Press and Media from the designated room in the Supreme Court and in order to streamline this facility, only three persons from the Press will be permitted to attend the same.
Pursuant to this order, the Supreme Court today issued a ciruclar expanding on the directions entailed in March 23 circular.