Supreme Court may resume physical hearings after Dussehra: CJI NV Ramana

Team SoOLEGAL 27 Sep 2021 3:11pm

Supreme Court may resume physical hearings after Dussehra:  CJI NV Ramana

On Sunday, i.e., 26th September,2021, Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana expressed hope that the Supreme Court might be able to resume physical hearings after Dussehra.

The Chief Justice stated that the Supreme Court judges have no objection to holding physical hearings, but the court is concerned about the health of lawyers as well as their clerks who would be exposed to crowds in courtrooms and corridors.

The Chief Justice also stated that the court is revising its current standard operating procedure to make things easier for lawyers to enter courtrooms.

"When it comes to physical hearings, we judges have no problems as we sit in protected enclosures. We are concerned about the well-being of advocates and support staff. Hopefully, we will be able to open up fully after Dussehra. Let us hope and pray that there will not be any third wave,"Chief Justice Ramana stated this during his speech at an event organised by woman Supreme Court advocates.

In the face of a crippling pandemic, the court switched from physical to virtual mode nearly two years ago, without missing a single day of work.

The Supreme Court is presently working on a hybrid system of hearing cases in which lawyers can choose whether to appear in person or via video conference. However, the majority of lawyers prefer virtual mode.

While speaking about women's under-representation in the judiciary, the Chief Justice of India also asserted that 50 percent representation of women in the judiciary is a matter of right.CJI Ramana stated that "it is high time we have 50 per cent representation of women in the judiciary. It is your right. It is not a matter of charity".

He further said that an important focus area is to increase gender diversity in legal education."I strongly advocate reservation of a significant percentage of seats in law schools & universities for women, as a first step.Ultimately, the inclusion of women judges & lawyers will substantially improve the quality of justice delivery," he added.

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