SCBA rejects SOP issued by Apex Court regarding the resumption of hearings in hybrid mode

On Saturday, Supreme Court Bar Association decided not to accept Standard Operating Procedure for hybrid hearings of court, as issued by the Apex Court.

The Executive Committee of SCBA took this decision at Saturday’s urgent meeting after the Supreme Court issued the said SOP on 03.03.2021. The Committee decided not to accept the SOP as the Bar was not consulted.

Committee also filed a writ petition to contest the same. 

On 5th March, the Supreme Court issued the said SOP and directed that hybrid hearings would resume 15.03.2021. As per the SOP, regular matters and final hearings will be taken up on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and will be heard in hybrid mode after considering the number of parties and the Courtrooms’ limited capacity. Other matters, including those listed on Fridays and Mondays, will be heard through video conferencing.

Earlier, the Court had clarified that the parties could either appear virtually or physically as per the hybrid model. The Supreme Court had also assured that other Courts would start in the same hybrid manner, and SOPs would be released soon.

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Previously, Supreme Court Advocates on Record Association and the Supreme Court Bar Association Executive Committee had approached the Top Court seeking physical hearings resumption.

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