Better Late than Later
India Legal|July 19, 2021
High Court and Supreme court judges are literally setting new benchmarks by hearing cases late into the night. Recently, for the third time during the ongoing summer vacations, benches held virtual hearings simultaneously till 10:10 pm and 9:40 pm, respectively. Is this a sign of things to come?
Abhilash Kumar Sing

A new benchmark has been set by the Delhi High Court vacation benches. On June 23 for the third time during the ongoing summer vacations, benches comprising Justice Anup Jairam Bhambhani and Justice Jasmeet Singh held virtual hearings simultaneously till 10:10 pm and 9:40 pm, respectively.

The Delhi High Court is currently on its annual summer vacation and only two judges are sitting to hear urgent matters. The cases are being heard through virtual mode due to the Co vid19 pandemic.

Justices SJ Kathawalla and SP Tava de of the Bombay High Court recently sat for over 12 hours from 10:45 am to 11:15 pm to hear urgent cases. In May 2018, Justice Kathawalla as a single judge sat till 3 am to finish over 120 matters without taking a break.

As per the circular notified by the Registrar General especially for the vacations, Division and Single Judge Benches of Justices Rekha Palli, Amit Bansal, Navin Chawla, Asha Menon, Anup Jairam Bhambhani, Jasmeet Singh, C Hari Shankar and Subramoni um Prasad have been hearing only urgent matters during the course of the vacation.

On June 23, both the judges began hearing of cases as part of the Division Bench. The Bench had heard over 20 matters listed before it after which Justice Bhambhani and Justice Singh again went for virtual court as single benches, hearing the vacation matters listed before them.

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