The Supreme Court on Friday decided to continue its work during the summer vacation, with almost the full strength. The apex court committed to work as much as possible at least till June 19. Five benches, ordinarily comprising three judges, will take up all pending and fresh matters, including urgent ones, through video conferencing starting from May 18 till June 19, the apex court said.
Supreme Court decides that five benches, ordinarily comprising 3 judges, will take up all kinds of pending and fresh matters, including urgent ones, through video conferencing starting from May 18 till June 19 - continuing its work during summer vacation. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/vbIL0NXZuk— ANI (@ANI) May 15, 2020
The top court has a summer vacation of around one-month and 15 days starting from May 15 till June end. However, the Chief Justice of India (CJI), in concurrence with the judges, decided not to avail summer vacation at least till June 19.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a circular directing all advocates to adhere to a dress code while attending virtual hearings amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "Advocates may wear plain white-shirt/white-salwar-kameez/ white saree, with a plain-white neckband during hearing before the Supreme Court through Virtual Court System till medical emergencies exist or until further orders," read the Supreme Court's circular. These directions will come into force with immediate effect, added the apex court.
This comes a day after Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde put forth that doctors have advised not to wear gowns and coats, as it "makes it easier to catch virus". After quoting this advisory, the CJI had said that dress code may also be issued for other judges and lawyers who may appear through video conferencing in Supreme Court, following which all lawyers have been asked to appear without their black coats and gowns.
Advocates may wear “plain white-shirt/white-salwar-kameez/ white saree, with a plain-white neck band” during hearings before the Supreme Court through Virtual Court System till medical exigencies exist or until further orders: Supreme Court in a circular dated May 13 #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/Wsxbh25pAI— ANI (@ANI) May 14, 2020
(With inputs from agency/Image credit ANI)