AGENCIES, New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday decided to hear only urgent cases from next week to minimise the risk of spread of coronavirus. In a notification issued by the top court, it has also severely restricted the entry of lawyers and litigants into the courtroom.
The order cited the health ministry’s advisory that cautioned against mass gathering as well as the World Health Organisation advising against mass congregation.
“The Competent Authority has been pleased to direct that the functioning of the courts shall be restricted to urgent matters with such number of Benches as may be found appropriate,” the notification by the Supreme Court’s secretary-general Sanjeev S. Kalgaonkar said.
The top court has also suspended the practice of lawyers mentioning cases before Chief Justice of India and ordered that this request would have to be made before the designated mentioning officer.