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Face Heavy Cost Or Longer Court Dates For Getting Non- Urgent Matters Listed – Bombay High Court Tells Lawyers

Sharmeen Hakim
15 Jan 2022 4:17 PM GMT
Face Heavy Cost Or Longer Court Dates For Getting Non- Urgent Matters Listed – Bombay High Court Tells Lawyers
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The Bombay High Court has cautioned lawyers against getting non-urgent matters listed and decided to impose high costs or adjourn matters for a long time if non-urgent cases are pushed for a hearing. As per its SOP from Janaury 10, 2022 the Bombay High Court at its principal seat is functioning for only three hours between 12 pm – 3 pm and hearing only urgent cases. However, the...

The Bombay High Court has cautioned lawyers against getting non-urgent matters listed and decided to impose high costs or adjourn matters for a long time if non-urgent cases are pushed for a hearing.

As per its SOP from Janaury 10, 2022 the Bombay High Court at its principal seat is functioning for only three hours between 12 pm – 3 pm and hearing only urgent cases.

However, the High Court has taken exception to many non-urgent matters getting listed for hearing taking undue advantage of a previous Notice, by which parties' Advocates were permitted to indicate a date for listing matters without actually mentioning the case for circulation.

"Advocates and parties are put to notice that if any such matters that are not immediately urgent are circulated, either heavy costs will be imposed or matters may be adjourned to a long date."

The HC notice read that getting non-urgent matters listed increased the pressure on court staff and court department functioning at limited capacity.

"Parties and Advocates must understand that the purpose of limiting the functioning hours of the Court is because there is less staff available and also to reduce crowding. By listing non-urgent matters, endlessly increase the pressure on the Court Staff and the Court departments."

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