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Supreme Court function - Shanmugam IAS academy in coimbatore
Supreme court function

SC GO DIGITAL MODE

What’s in news?

To maintain social distancing and prevent spread of infection, Supreme Court functions through digital mode.

Key data’s:

  • The Supreme Court premises would be completely shut down and decided to further restrict its functioning on account of the COVID-19 scare and resort to the digital mode to maintain social distancing and prevent spread of infection.
  • Video application: Through a video app “Vidyo”, only extremely urgent cases would be taken up by a Bench(es) decided in a meeting comprises of judges, lawyers and the government through the Solicitor General.
  • Article 142: The limitation period for all cases across tribunals and courts in the country was lifted by CJI Sharad A. Bobde, until further notice by using his extraordinary powers under Article 142.

Process:

  • A giant screen, instead of the usual crowd of lawyers and litigants, greeted Chief Justice Bobde and his fellow judges as they entered the courtroom.
  • The screen, placed in front of the judges’ dais, was connected to the Old Court Masters’ Room at another end of the Supreme Court premises.
  • This room was fitted with microphones and screens for lawyers to present their cases to the CJI Bench via video conferencing.

Data to know:                                                                                   

Article 142:

  • Article 142 was introduced in our Constitution to serve the interests of justice.
  • Article 142 allows the Supreme Court to pass any order necessary to do “complete justice” in any case.
  • “The Supreme Court in the exercise of its jurisdiction may pass such decree or make such order as is necessary for doing complete justice in any cause or matter pending before it.”
  • Article 142 supplements the powers already conferred upon the Supreme Court under the Constitution to guarantee that justice is done and in doing so the Court is not restrained by lack of jurisdiction or authority of law.

Links to note:

https://www.iasipstnpsc.in/supreme-court-judge/

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/coronavirus-supreme-court-to-go-digital-mode-for-social-distancing/article31144483.ece

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