The Supreme Court (SC) has registered a Public Interest Litigation on the basis of a child’s letter in favour of resuming in-person court hearings. Professional bodies like the SC Bar Association (SCBA) have also batted for physical hearings citing difficulties faced by lawyers. Conversely, at least three petitions, filed by lawyers and a journalist, have challenged the decisions of various High Courts to resume in-person hearings without an option for online hearings. Amongst other things, these petitions argue for a fundamental right to online hearings on the basis of right to equality, freedom of speech and expression, right to practice one’s profession and right to access to justice under the Indian Constitution. SC has refused to stay the High Court notifications. (Read More)
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