Delhi High Court Modifies Office Order, Allows Lawyers To Appear Either By Physical Or Virtual Mode

first_imgTop StoriesDelhi High Court Modifies Office Order, Allows Lawyers To Appear Either By Physical Or Virtual Mode LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK21 Jan 2021 11:03 PMShare This – xAfter massive backlash on its decision to resume physical hearings, the Delhi High Court has permitted lawyers to appear before it via-video conferencing, on an advance intimation. Though an office order issued under the authority of Chief Justice DN Patel, it is intimated: “Matters shall be taken up through physical mode as per the Roster of Sitting of the Hon’ble Judges of this…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginAfter massive backlash on its decision to resume physical hearings, the Delhi High Court has permitted lawyers to appear before it via-video conferencing, on an advance intimation. Though an office order issued under the authority of Chief Justice DN Patel, it is intimated: “Matters shall be taken up through physical mode as per the Roster of Sitting of the Hon’ble Judges of this Court. However, request for taking up any such matter through virtual mode shall be entertained by the Court wherever advance intimation is provided.” The decision comes days after the Supreme Court disposed of two pleas challenging the decision to resume large-scale physical hearings (without an option to appear through virtual mode), with “trust” that the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court “will do the needful”. ‘We Trust That The Chief Justice Of Delhi HC Will Do The Needful’ : SC Disposes Of As Withdrawn Lawyers’ Pleas Against Physical Hearings In Delhi “We see the gravity of the problem. Primarily, we do not interfere with the administrative decisions of the Chief Justices. We will ask you to go back to the High Court and address your grievances there”, CJI SA Bobde had said on a posting date. On Wednesday, the Top Court disposed of the petitions as withdrawn after the submissions of Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal that a meeting was scheduled for today with the Delhi High Court Registrar-General to discuss the issue. On Friday, the Registrar General issued an office order, inter alia intimating that request for taking up any such matter through virtual mode shall be entertained by the Court wherever advance intimation is provided. The RG has also intimated that the High Court is already taking steps for hybrid hearing so that in a given case, one party may join the proceedings through virtual mode while the other is present physically in the Court. Till such time, lawyers will have an option to opt for virtual hearings. The decision of the Delhi High Court to resume large-scale physical hearing before itself and subordinate courts in Delhi with effect from January 18 was challenged in view of the fact that it compels the advocates, court staff, litigants and other persons appearing before the Courts to put at risk their own, as well as their family members’ health in order to earn livelihood.Click Here To Download Order Read OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img

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