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Supreme Court Allows High Courts to Frame Own Rules for Virtual Hearings

Lawstreet Journal 27 Oct 2020 9:49pm

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The Supreme Court modified a part of the guidelines issued on virtual hearings during COVID-19 and informed that High Courts may follow their own rules on video conferencing.

The bench consisted of 3 judges: Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde, Justice DY Chandrachud, and Justice L Nageswara Rao. They stated that the rules framed by a High Court for virtual hearings will not only cover appellate proceedings but cover trial matters also.

On Monday (26th October 2020), Justice Chandrachud revealed that own rules for virtual hearings based on the model rules formulated by the Supreme Court’s e-Committee have been already implemented by 11 High Courts.

CJI Bobde also added that the courts which have not framed rules until now can do so, and in the interim, they will follow rules framed by the Chief Justice of that High Court.

suo motu cognizance of a letter written by Senior Advocate who was also the former Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Vikas Singh was taken by the court. He had suggested measures for use of technology for conducting hearings in courts.

He made some suggestions for easy access to hearings in the Supreme Court: "There should be a cubicle area in the annex building where lawyers can attend virtual hearings. Transfer pleas and bail pleas can be heard by only VC. Media needs to be given separate kiosks to cover any proceeding so that corridors are not flooded by them and they can be at ease."

CJI Bobde responded to this by saying that the media should only have access to output and not the input.

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