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Supreme Court to commence limited hybrid physical hearings from March 15, 2021

The physical hearings will be limited to final/ regular hearing matters on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursday and the Court will adopt a hybrid physical mode which will give an option to the party to choose between physical and online mode to argue a case listed for physical hearing.

“The hybrid physical hearings are to commence with effect from March 15, 2021.

On an experimental basis, and as a pilot scheme, the final hearing/regular matters listed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays may be heard in the hybrid mode, as may be decided by the Hon’ble Bench, considering the number of parties in a matter as well as the limited capacity of the Court rooms; all other matters, including those listed on Mondays and Fridays shall continue to be heard through video/tele-conferencing mode,” the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued on Friday said.

Under the hybrid system, when a matter is heard in physical court, the parties/ lawyers will have the option to appear either physically or virtually.

In other words, when a matter is heard in physical court, one party can appear physically, and the other party can appear virtually.

In case of a matter directed to be listed for hybrid hearing by the Bench, if none of the parties opts for physical hearing, the matter would be taken up for hearing through video/tele-conferencing, the SOP clarified.

“In any such matter as may be listed for hybrid hearing, all the Counsel appearing for one party can appear either through physical presence or through video/tele-conferencing. The Advocate-on-Records may submit their preferences for appearing before the Hon’ble Court either physically or through video/tele-conferencing mode within 24 hours/1:00 PM next day after the publication of the Weekly List of Final Hearing/Regular matters. If the Ld. Advocate-on-Records for a party does not opt for either mode i.e. physical or video/tele-conferencing mode, it shall be presumed that counsel for the party seek to appear through video/tele conferencing mode and will be facilitated accordingly,” the SOP added.


Via Bar & Bench
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