Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana on Saturday said that in order to ensure that the Supreme Court remains accessible to lawyers from all over the country, he after consultation with other judges has decided to continue Virtual hearings on miscellaneous days i.e. Mondays and Fridays.
The CJI NV Raman said that even though the Supreme Court had reverted to physical hearings from April 4, 2022, an option is still provided to litigants and lawyers to appear virtually for their cases.
Advocate P Wilson, who is also a Member of Parliament, had introduced a private members bill to have regional benches of the Supreme Court of India.
CJI Said that – “I am not aware if Centre has expressed its view on the subject but in the same spirit of accessibility, in consultation with my brother and sister judges of Supreme Court continued the hearing online on miscellaneous days,“
Even on non-miscellaneous days (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays), lawyers can take permission from the respected court and appear online, he pointed out.
“On non-miscellaneous days advocates can still take permission of the court to appear online and thus enabled advocates from all over the country to continue their practice before the Supreme Court. I hope this practice will continue in the future also,” he said.
CJI Ramana said that he hopes that the practice that was adopted in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic will be the norm in the future with the support of the Bar Council of India and State Bar associations.