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The deadline for giving consent was fixed for August 22 earlier. However, after a request from the SCBA and SCAORA, this deadline now stands extended to 10 AM on August 28.
The Supreme Court has extended the time limit for lawyers and parties in-person to furnish consent for appearing in physical hearings in the Supreme Court till August 28.
The deadline for providing this consent earlier stood till Saturday, August 22. However, an additional period of 6 days has now been given by the Supreme Court for the consent to be conveyed to the Registry. This consent is in relation to a list of 170 matters drawn up, which will be taken up by the Court for physical hearing.
The said consent has to be communicated to the Registry to the email ID firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 AM on Friday, August 28.
This extension has been provided following a request made by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and Supreme Court Advocates on Record Association (SCAORA), states a notice issued by the Supreme Court.
A list of 170 cases that were to be placed before the Court on its limited reopening for physical hearings was published by the Supreme Court earlier.
This list was drawn up after the seven-judge Special Committee constituted to decide on the functioning of the Court amid the COVID-19 pandemic decided to open the Court for physical hearings, albeit in a limited manner.
The Committee recently decided that, on an experimental basis and as a pilot-scheme, three of the larger courtrooms in the Supreme Court complex would be readied for physical hearings strictly adhering to the prescribed distancing and other COVID-19 norms.
The matters would be listed in such courts 10 days after the courtrooms are ready to operate, subject to the prior consent and willingness of all parties to argue in a physical hearing set-up.
As of now the pilot scheme would only allow a limited number of cases slotted for final hearing to be listed in the three courtrooms, which may be expanded in the future if the "ground situation warrants."