NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday decided to open doors for “extremely urgent cases” for hearing through video conferencing after remaining shut for two days following general lockdown announced by PM to prevent spread of Covid-19.
The apex court has set up three benches for hearing few cases on Friday only through video-conferencing. No advocate would be allowed to enter the courtrooms.
“The SC shall continue to function and to hear matters involving extreme urgency, till further orders in this regard,” SC registry said citing orders of CJI S A Bobde.
“For all matters involving extreme urgency, the advocate-on-record/party-in-person is first required to file the petition/misc. application, preferably through the e-filing mode available on the SC Website,” the circular said.
In case of glitches in video conferencing facility, the AOR or the litigant can mention using alternatives like Skype, Facetime or WhatsApp contact details to the Judge concerned for urgent hearing, which would be conducted through video conferencing, the officials said.
To discourage entry of lawyers and litigants into court premises, the SC Registry is taking necessary to conduct the hearings through remote video conferencing links from outside the premises, which means the lawyers have to address Judges through video streaming from their offices.