During the lockdown in the National Capital Territory of Delhi in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Delhi High Court has resolved to hear inter alia fresh urgent matters through Video Conference("VC"). Since it is a relatively new practice, this article is an attempt to aid fellow lawyers with the procedure related to Mentioning, Listing and Hearing and the requisites of Pleadings in urgent matters, based on personal experience with VC hearing at Delhi High Court and a reading of the Office Orders issued by the Registrar General, Delhi High Court from time to time.
Procedure of Mentioning
Timings for Mentioning: 9 AM to 10.30 AM (Earlier it was 10.30AM to 12PM)
Days: All working days
The linked page looks like this:
If Requested Matter is Declined
If Mentioning is Allowed
Procedure of Listing
In case of defects in the Matter/Pleadings
Matter will be listed only after the defects are cleared.
In case there are No Defects
The mail looks like this:
Procedure of Hearing
[Note: In case the counsel cannot handle video conferencing from home, he may attend the same from the Delhi High Court premises. One needs to make a request to Mr. Manoj Gaur, at 097173 94840 for the same.]
The screen looks like this:
Requisites of Pleading
VI. The whole set of Pleading including Affidavits, Annexures, Application(s) and Last Annexure (proof of Service) should be sent as one single file.
Note: The pleading should be kept ready before submitting the request for Urgent Listing because once the request/mentioning is allowed, the Counsel has to mandatorily mail the whole set of pleadings within 2 hours of receipt of acceptance SMS.
Links of relevant DHC Office Orders
(Lovisha Aggarwal is a Partner at Vertical Legal Offices, Delhi and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)