Video conferencing facility has now been established in each of the seven districts of Delhi such as Rohini, Dwarka, Patiala House, Tis Hazari, Saket, Rouse Avenue and Karkardooma. The main aim of this move is to benefit the lawyers, litigants and petitioners appearing in person; who had to travel to the apex court due to lack of video conferencing facilities in their homes. Anybody intending to avail of this facility has to send an intimation to 24 hours prior to the scheduled hearing, and any complaints with respect to connection or supply of meeting link can be addressed to the helpline number 1881. 

This facility is the latest decision in a series of decisions taken by the court one of which also was for allowing e-filing of cases and opening of chamber blocks for lawyers. Hearing cases through video conferencing app “Vidyo” has been operational since March. The court will be breaking for vacation on June 19 and is expected to resume from the first week of July. The CJI is expected to make a decision by the end of June whether to continue with the same arrangements or adopt physical hearing. According to the statistics from March,1,2020, there are 60,469 crucial pending cases which include Sabarimala temple case, amendment of citizenship and petition challenging Article 370 and 35 A with respect to special status to Jammu & Kashmir. 

Source: Hindustan Times 

(By- Durga Bhatt)