The decision of the Supreme Court to limit physical hearings by laying down a hybrid system which allows lawyers the option to appear virtually as well, has been challenged by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA).
The SCBA has filed a petition before the Supreme Court itself challenging the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) notified by the top court on March 5 laying down the way ahead for hybrid mode.
Invoking Article 32, SCBA states that by effect of Standard Operating Procedure for hybrid physical hearing, entry into High Security Zone through proximity card is suspended.
The plea avers that this situation could have been easily avoided had the Bar been “taken confidence before issuing the Standard Operating Procedure dated 05.03.2021 for hybrid physical hearing before this Hon’ble Court.”
Another issue raised in the plea is that Registry officials are allowed entry into the High Security Zone, but the same is kept suspended insofar as lawyers are concerned. The SOP mandates that entry of counsel to the High Security Zone would be through a daily “Special hearing passes” which will be issued by the Registry.