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Bench flags new ‘itemizing’ norms: SC full court docket meets, might tweak course of

Sources mentioned that whereas the full-court assembly was referred to as to settle the Supreme Courtroom’s annual calendar, Chief Justice of India U U Lalit additionally sought the views of judges on the adjustments made to the itemizing course of after he took workplace final month.

Underneath the brand new system, the court docket takes up common issues till lunchtime on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. After lunch on nowadays, it takes up miscellaneous issues on which notices have already been issued. Contemporary miscellaneous issues are heard on Mondays and Fridays.

A full-court assembly held on August 27 had mentioned the system earlier than its introduction.

On September 13, a bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Abhay S Oka mentioned in an order whereas adjourning an enchantment towards an Allahabad Excessive Courtroom order to November 15: “The brand new itemizing system is just not giving an sufficient time to take up issues fastened for listening to like the current case as there are variety of issues throughout the span of ‘Afternoon’ session.”

At Tuesday’s assembly, the judges conveyed that they now have nearly 30 contemporary issues on the board to be heard inside a span of two hours (2 pm to 4 pm) after lunch on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

“In two hours, you possibly can’t actually attain 30 issues as they’re all after discover and heavy issues. So attorneys must learn 30 contemporary issues with none prospect of all of the 30 reaching. The identical is the case for judges,” sources mentioned.

“Subsequently, it was steered that contemporary issues remaining unheard on Tuesday afternoon be carried over for listening to on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon,” the sources mentioned.

The brand new itemizing sample was seen as an try to scale back the rising backlog of circumstances and guarantee sooner itemizing of contemporary issues.

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