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A 7-judge committee will be looking after resuming ‘Physical Hearing’ of the courts: CJI Bobde

Lawstreet Journal 23 Jul 2020 9:26pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary A 7-judge committee will be looking after resuming ‘Physical Hearing’ of the courts: CJI Bobde

On Wednesday, 22nd July 2020 Chief Justice of India remarked that a 7-judge committee will be looking into the matter of resuming the physical court hearing. This was considered after lawyers requested a physical hearing for the matter to be heard in court, and not via videoconferencing.

The CJI stated that the committee will be headed by NV Ramana and will look into the viability of resuming physical court hearings in the times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While hearing a plea filed by the BCI for directions to the Centre and State Governments/UTs to arrange financial assistance for advocates, by way of interest-free loans up to Rs 3lakhs each to the Advocates, the CJI stated that ‘unprecedented crisis demands unprecedented resolution.’

The plea stated that prolonged closure of Tribunals and Courts have deprived the source of income of Advocates. 

It also highlighted that most of the Advocates were youngsters, had no savings, and are solely dependent on the working of courts for their livelihood. 

The plea stated, “The situation of some of them is so grim that it may not be an exaggeration to say that they face virtual starvation and they require urgent and immediate financial aid and succor.”

CJI Bobde considering the rights of the citizens and legal fraternity said “The legal fraternity is restricted to income-bound by rules. Not entitled to earn income by alternative means, closure of courts has led to a situation which has rid them of a sizeable proportion of their income and therefore, livelihood.”

He further stated that it is… Continue Reading...

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