SUPREME COURT OF INDIA MAKES FILING SOFT COPY OF PETITIONS MANDATORY

SUPREME COURT OF INDIA 
The Supreme Court of India Registry has issued a circular dated 27-7-2020 mandating the filing of a soft copy of the petition along with all other related document along with the hard copy of the same at the Registry.

It is apparent that Supreme Court sees the present circumstances owing to COVID-19 to continue for a while making physical hearing extremely difficult. It appears that the present online hearing will now slowly turn into a norm and the Supreme Court wants to be geared up for the challenge.

Just recently Justice Chandrachude had come up with a video explaining the method by which the lower courts in India could adopt the process of online hearing. This was done to make the the lower courts to get acclimatized with online hearing. Presently most of the courts on Delhi and many other lower courts in the country are in a lockdown.

The Circular dated 27-7-2020 lays down the new Standard Operating Procedure for completing these filings which has been permitted for Advocate on Records as well as party in Person. Some extracts are asunder:

“3. The soft copy is required to be uploaded by the AOR and Party in-person on email id specifically created for the purpose i.e. soft.petition@sci.nic.in. An undertaking of compliance of this requirement be enclosed with refiled hard copy.
4. The subject of email shall clearly state “Soft copy of petition and the accompanying documents in Diary No……..” and the text of email shall contain verification in specific terms as under:-
“The soft copy of petition- and the accompanying documents in ……….pages are true and complete copy of the petition and the document filed in physical form.”
Sd/-
(Name of AOR)
AOR Code….…”

Please see the circular