Amid the rising cases of COVID-19, Supreme Court shall hear all the cases through video conferencing from March 23.

The apex court website has uploaded the case list of the urgent cases listed for hearing on the Supreme Court website. The judges will sit in the court room while the advocates will appear and make arguments for the cases through a separate monitoring room in the court premises.

A full court meeting will be held at 12:30 pm on March 23 headed by the Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde. The agenda of the meeting would be to discuss further measures to be taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The members of the meeting will also consider the suggestions given by the Supreme Court (SC) lawyers bodies like Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and Supreme Court Advocate on Record Association (SCAORA).

Both the lawyers’ bodies have decided to recommend to the Chief Justice to advance the summer vacation at the top court by declaring holidays for two to four weeks in view of the novel coronavirus pandemic. On March 21, the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), after passing a resolution through it’s executive committee, decided to make an urgent appeal to the Chief Justice to close the top court for minimum four weeks from March 23. The (SC) is scheduled to go on summer vacation from May 18 till July 5 during which vacation benches usually take up urgent matters.

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