Mentioning for listing in Supreme Court to be made before Registrar Judicial: CJI Dipak Misra

Mentioning for listing in Supreme Court to be made before Registrar Judicial: CJI Dipak Misra

Murali Krishnan

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra today announced that mentioning for early listing of cases should henceforth be made before the Registrar Judicial.

The announcement was made before the practice began today.

Misra J. also said that he could be approached in case of grievance with the order of Registrar.

With the CJI making the announcement, more than three-fourths of the lawyers who had queued up to mention their matters left the CJI’s court, and a big queue was formed outside Registrar’s office.

After the chain of events surrounding the listing of the medical college case, the Supreme Court had in November last year, issued a circular mandating mentioning of matters not assigned to any bench, to be allowed only before the CJI.

Back in September 2017, CJI Misra stated in open court that only Advocates-on-Record (AoRs) will be allowed to mention matters. This, after an advocate raised an objection to Senior Counsel doing so out of turn, while juniors and other lawyers had to wait in line.

Then in January this year, the rules were changed to allow junior lawyers, aside from AoRs, to mention matters.

Previous Chief Justices of India have imposed different rules as regards the practice. While Chief Justices MN Venkatachaliah and AM Ahmadi disallowed Senior Advocates from mentioning, this rule was diluted during the tenure of Justice Altamas Kabir.

Then, Justice RM Lodha had introduced guidelines to govern oral mentioning, after which Justice HL Dattu brought in a queue system, allowing only one mentioning per lawyer.

Judging by how Mondays and Fridays went during the tenure of Justice TS Thakur, mentioning took up a significant chunk of the Court’s time.

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