The Supreme Court ruled on Sunday to conduct all hearings in virtual mode for two weeks from January 3, given the growing number of cases of the Omicron variant of the Covid-19. The Supreme Court administration issued a circular announcing the decision on Sunday evening.
He said a previous circular prescribing a standard operating procedure (SOP) for physical hearing (hybrid hearing) would remain on hold for the time being. “It is hereby notified for the information of members of the bar, litigants and all those concerned that, given the increasing number of cases of the Omicron variant (Covid-19), the competent authority has had the pleasure of ” order that the modified Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) notified on October 7, 2021, for the physical hearing (hybrid mode) will remain suspended for the present, and all court hearings for a period of two weeks from January 3 , will be via virtual mode only, âthe circular read.
The higher court reopens its doors on Monday after its winter break. On October 7, 2021, he published a POS stating that issues requiring lengthy hearings would be considered on Wednesdays and Thursdays for a physical hearing.
To avoid overcrowding on certain days such as Mondays and Fridays, the business hearing was done only in virtual mode, and on Tuesday, in hybrid mode. The highest court has been hearing cases by video conference since March 2020 due to the pandemic. The October 7, 2021 SOP was released after several bars and lawyers called for physical hearings to resume immediately, as there had been a drop in coronavirus cases at that time.
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