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COVID-19 Crisis: Supreme Court Advances Vacation by a Week

The Supreme Court of India brings forward summer vacations amid the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic

By: Sachin Jain, Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi

The Supreme Court on Monday decided to advance its summer vacations by a week which will now commence from May 8 because of the sudden surge in COVID-19 cases.

Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, after a meeting with the Bar Council of India, the Supreme Court Bar Association and the Supreme Court Advocates on Record Association (SCORA), decided to place the issue before the full court which alone is competent to decide on the vacation, though a formal notification is yet to be issued.

…” after detailed discussions, it was concluded that the summer vacations of the Supreme Court will be advanced to May 7 and reopening of the court will accordingly be advanced to June 28, tentatively,” said a press release issued by advocate Joseph Aristotle, Honorary Secretary, SCORA.

The Bar body also pointed out the lack of medical facilities in and around the national capital. In the hour of need, it has hampered the admission of lawyers, court staff and their families in hospitals.

It also urged to convert the newly constructed lawyer’s chambers building to a COVID-19 care centre for the members and the families of the legal fraternity affected by the pandemic situation.

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