SC to extend virtual court system amid COVID-19 fears-THE HINDU-15-06-2020
Context: Supreme Court to continue virtual court system.
*A committee of seven Supreme Court judges, led by Justice N. Ramana, has decided to continue the virtual court system and not revert to the physical hearings, given the “alarming growth” in novel coronavirus cases and its fallout.
*A letter from the Supreme Court Registry to the office-bearers of the Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Association said the “Supreme Court of India shall continue functioning through the virtual court system for the present, with further direction that the matters may be listed before hon’ble judge-in-chambers as well as before the court of the registrar, through virtual court system only, to enable wider participation of learned advocates”.
*The court had named this mechanism the virtual court system.
*The Supreme Court Advocates-on Record Association, the Supreme Court Bar Association and the Bar Council of India have been repeatedly making representations to the court that a majority of the lawyers feel that they cannot effectively present their arguments at virtual hearings.
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