In light of the recent Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) released by the Supreme Court on Saturday stating proposed listing on regular matters on non-miscellaneous days, the Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Association (SCAORA) has written letters to the Secretary General of the Top Court, requesting effective functioning of Virtual Courts.
The SCAORA has requested that the after-notice matters/regular matters only be listed after the joint consent of AOR's/Parties-in-Person is taken.
It further states,
"We request that in future, with regard to part heard, regular and after notice matters, an advance list with sufficient notice period of at least two week may be published. That on receipt of joint consent with regard to willingness for appearing and arguing the matter in VC, the matter may be listed in the cause list as described in the schedule of publication vide the SOP dated 04.07.2020. Further that the advocates may also be permitted to circulate letters accordingly"
The SCAORA vide another letter to the Secretary General has also stated that while "there have been many grievances" with regard to the technical issues surrounding Virtual Courts in terms of connectivity and glitches, there has no "proper redressal" even after timely complaints have been registered via email and through calls to helpline no 1881.
Thus, the the letter signed under the hand of the Secretary Joseph Aristotle has requested that "sufficient video conferencing facilities" be set up at the Supreme Court premises.
Further to this, the letter also states that emails communicating requests for availing the VC facilities in order to appear in matters be extended from 2 PM of the previous day to 10 AM of the day in which the matter is listed.
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Click Here To Download Letter Requesting Sufficient VC Facilities