It stated that an earlier circular prescribing standard procedure (SOP) for physical hearing (hybrid hearing) will certainly remain suspended for the time being.

The Supreme Court on Sunday made a decision to conduct all hearings in a digital setting for two weeks beginning with January 3, in view of the increasing number of instances of the Omicron variation of Covid-19. The Supreme Court management provided a circular introducing the decision on Sunday night.

It stated that an earlier round suggesting standard procedure (SOP) for physical hearing (hybrid hearing) will stay suspended for the time being. “It is thus alerted for the info of the participants of the bar, party-in-person, as well as all concerned that maintaining in sight the increasing variety of cases of Omicron variation (Covid-19), the skilled authority has actually been pleased to direct that modified Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) notified on October 7, 2021, for physical hearing (crossbreed mode), will remain suspended for the present, as well as all hearings on trial for a duration of two weeks from and with the result from January 3, shall be via online setting just,” the round read.

The top court is resuming on Monday after its winter months getaway. On October 7, 2021, it had issued an SOP mentioning issues that require extensive hearings will certainly be taken up on Wednesdays and Thursdays for physical hearing.

To stay clear of overcrowding on assorted days like Mondays and also Fridays, hearing of instances was done through online mode just, as well as on Tuesdays, it was via a hybrid model. The leading court has actually been listening to situations with video-conferencing given that March 2020 due to the pandemic. The October 7, 2021 SOP was released after several bar bodies as well as legal representatives required that physical hearings need to be returned to immediately as there was autumn in coronavirus situations during that time.

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Last Updated: 2 Jan 2022