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SC Issues Guidelines For Listing Of Urgent Matters During Vacations [Read Circular]

Apoorva Mandhani
2 May 2017 5:51 AM GMT
SC Issues Guidelines For Listing Of Urgent Matters During Vacations [Read Circular]
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Supreme Court has issued a circular laying down “norms/guidelines” for listing of urgent matters during the summer vacations from 11 May to 2 July.

No matter, it says, shall be considered for listing unless it is accompanied by an affidavit sufficient to indicate urgency. Such affidavit shall contain “all material facts necessary for the formation of opinion about its urgency”, including:



  1. The nature of the matter;

  2. The date of the impugned order, if any;

  3. The reason for not filing it before the vacation, if the impugned order was made or the cause of action arose on an earlier date;

  4. The latest date upto which the matter can be heard in view of the urgency indicated therein; and

  5. The nature of interim order sought for which the urgency is indicated must be mentioned.


The Circular lists down the following matters as the kind that shall be treated as matters of urgent nature for listing during the vacation:



  1. Matters in which death penalty has been awarded;

  2. The petition for Habeas Corpus and matters relating to it;

  3. Matters relating to imminent apprehension of demolition of property;

  4. Matters relating to dispossession/eviction;

  5. Matters relating to and of general public importance;

  6. Matters for anticipatory bail and matters filed against orders­ refusing/granting bail;


It further enlists the matters that shall not be treated as that of an urgent nature for listing during the vacations. These are:



  1. Matters arising out of interlocutory orders;

  2. Matters relating to remand orders;

  3. Matters relating to pre­deposit of tax, penalty etc., under specified statutes;

  4. Matters arising out of life sentence or sentences for more than one year;

  5. Service matters involving transfer and/or reversion, dismissal and removal from service;

  6. Transport matters, except those relating to cancellation of permits and needing urgent interim orders;

  7. Matters relating to decrees and their execution.


Read the Circular here.

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