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'Time to Change Old Habits', Supreme Court Limits Time for Oral Argument for Lawyers

Lawstreet Journal 4 Aug 2021 12:54am

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A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court replicated the practise of the United States Supreme Court by directing lawyers appearing in a case to limit oral arguments to 30 minutes and legal submissions to three pages.

Inquiring as to which country in the world would allow lawyers to argue a case for hours and days on end, the bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and R Subhash Reddy stated that the time has come for lawyers to change their habits.

“We would like to know which court in the world allows lawyers to argue for days and hours on end. Even in England, I couldn't find such a practise. The time has come to change the habits,” said the bench.

The court's observations came in response to a petition filed by Yatin Narendra Oza, a veteran lawyer from Gujarat who was stripped of the title "senior advocate" after the Gujarat High Court initiated contempt proceedings against him.Oza had made derogatory remarks about the high court judges and was defended before the Supreme Court by senior advocates Arvind Datar and Abhishek Manu Singhvi. Since August 2020, his petition has been pending in the Supreme Court.

The court ordered Datar and Singhvi to take 30 minutes each and complete their submissions in an hour. The Gujarat High Court, the contesting party, was given 45 minutes to complete submissions, while intervention applications filed in the case were given 15 minutes.Even on law submissions and citation of judgments, the bench instructed lawyers on… Continue Reading...

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