new Delhi . The Supreme Court started working on Monday after almost seven months with almost full strength and capacity (pre-pandemic strength). 28 judges of the Supreme Court with 30 members sat for hearing cases through video conferencing. Three judges comprise eight judges, while two benches have two judges, through video conferencing. Justices Vineet Saran and Mohan M. Shantanagoudar are not sitting in the hearing.
Virtual hearing was being held due to corona
Since March 23, the Supreme Court has been hearing cases due to the corona epidemic virtually. After the outbreak in March, through video conferencing, a maximum of five benches were seated daily, for an average of 30 cases per bench. Two single judge benches are sitting for hearing cases related to transfer petitions. It is likely to continue throughout the week, and 10 can sit for virtual hearings of cases each day. The apex court suspended the in-person hearing process on 23 March, and issued instructions to take only urgent cases through video conferencing in the lockdown period, but this trend even after the lockdown was lifted Continued
SOP was released on 31 August –
On 31 August, the Supreme Court issued the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the proposed experimental physical hearing of the cases at the request of various lawyers’ bodies. However, no date was inserted in the SOP for the resumption of such hearings. General Secretary Sanjeev S. The SOP issued by Kalgaonkar stated, “On an experimental basis, and as a pilot scheme, the physical handling of cases may initially begin in three court-rooms and later on the number of cases or court-rooms depending on the circumstances The number can be increased or reduced. “
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