With the increase in Omicron cases, the Supreme Court will hold hearings virtually over the next two weeks.
In light of the growing number of cases involving the Omicron form of Covid-19, the Supreme Court decided on Sunday to hold all sessions virtually for two weeks beginning January 3. On Sunday evening, the Supreme Court administration published a circular notifying the verdict.
For the time being, it indicated that an earlier circular prescribing standard operating procedure (SOP) for physical hearing (hybrid hearing) will be halted. "It is hereby notified for the information of members of the bar, parties-in-person, and all others concerned that, in light of the increasing number of cases of Omicron variant (Covid-19), the competent authority has been pleased to direct that the modified Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for physical hearing (hybrid mode) notified on October 7, 2021, will remain suspended for the time being, and all hearings before the courts will be suspended for a period of two weeks from and with effect from January 3
The Supreme Court will resume on Monday following its Christmas break. On October 7, 2021, it released an SOP indicating that matters requiring lengthy hearings will be heard in person on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
To avoid overcrowding on days such as Mondays and Fridays, cases were heard only through virtual mode, and on Tuesdays, through a hybrid method. Due to the pandemic, the Supreme Court has been hearing cases by video-conferencing since March 2020. The SOP was issued on October 7, 2021, after numerous bar associations and lawyers urged that physical hearings be restarted soon due to a drop in coronavirus incidence at the time.