The Supreme Court Lays Down Procedure for Video Conferencing for Urgent Hearings

Team SoOLEGAL 24 Mar 2020 2:07pm

The Supreme Court Lays Down Procedure for Video Conferencing for Urgent Hearings

In furtherance to a meeting of members of Supreme Court Bar Association and the Supreme Court Advocates on Record Association, guidelines for the procedure of video conferencing of hearing urgent matters were laid down on Monday, 23rd March, 2020. 

The meeting was hosted by Justices L. Nageswara Rao, Surya Kant and Justice Aniruddha Bose and was attended by Mr. Dave Sr. Adv, Chairman, SCBA, Ashok Arora Secretary. SCBA, Joseph Aristotle S. Secretary SCAORA and Tushar Mehta, Solicitor General.

It was addressed at the meeting that the Court should create two benches for the hearing of extremely urgent matters, which would be performed only by video conferencing.

The ‘vidyo' app will be made available for download by tonight and can be downloaded for both Android and Apple-based smart phones. The software can operate on all tablets, desktops, cell phones, computers, netbooks, iPads, etc. that have cameras.

During this period of shut down an email id that is will be available to the lawyers to email their urgency matters.

A synopsis of urgency similar to the urgency affidavit filed during vacations not exceeding one page should be submitted by e-mail to along with the petition / application to the registry by the AOR and must be forwarded to the appropriate bank designated for urgent purposes. The above form should also clearly contain the information of the AOR, in particular the email ID and the AOR mobile phone. Following the acceptance of the urgent procedure by the Hon'ble Judge, the matter will be included in the case list BM of the following day. The case list would also cover the correct time of the matter for the video conference.

In the case of urgent cases filed by email, but not included in the case list, a telephone number will be given by the Registry for the purpose of AOR's referral to the President of the Hon'ble Judge on the urgency of the matter, which will only be available between 10.30 a.m. and 11 a.m. of the next day of the filing.

A link will be sent to the AOR via e-mail on the same e-mail I d (as stated in the request for urgent procedure) for matters to be heard in the case list along with time, and the connection will only be used for the video conference of that specific case at that time. Lawyers can click on the link and hold a video conference at their allotted time.

On the basis of the progress of the videoconference on the above-mentioned issues, cases relating to bail would also be considered to have been listed on an urgent priority basis.

The SC bench led by CJI SA Bobde held a video conferencing trial on Monday. 

Tagged: Supreme Court   video conference   Bar Association   Justice L. Nageswara Rao   Justice Aniruddha Bose   Solicitor General   CJI SA Bobde  
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