News Updates’Resumption of Physical Hearings Is A Matter Of Grave Concern’, Over 500 Advocates Makes A Representation Before Delhi HC Seeking A Hybrid System of Hearing [Read Application] Karan Tripathi11 Sep 2020 6:31 AMShare This – xOver 500 advocates practicing in the Delhi High Court and the subordinate courts, have made a representation before the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court suggesting a ‘hybrid system’ of conducting proceedings before the court. While urging the court to continue hearing matters through video-conferencing, the representation states that in case there’s a need to hold…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginOver 500 advocates practicing in the Delhi High Court and the subordinate courts, have made a representation before the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court suggesting a ‘hybrid system’ of conducting proceedings before the court. While urging the court to continue hearing matters through video-conferencing, the representation states that in case there’s a need to hold physical hearings, the following hybrid method can be adopted: ‘Additionally, a hybrid system may be provisioned, wherein, if a matter is to be listed in physical court, arrangements may be put in place to facilitate counsels who may not wish to appear in physical court and prefer to conduct the hearing through the online system. We understand that such a system has worked successfully in the High Court of Karnataka. In such a case, counsels who wish to do so should be permitted to appear through virtual court while others who wish to appear in physical court may also be permitted to do so.’ The representation submits that ideally no physical hearing should take place as the rising cases of COVID19 is still a matter of grave concern in Delhi. It says: ‘Commencing physical hearings at this stage, will exacerbate the gravity of the situation and put at peril the health and safety of all stakeholders. Therefore, the physical hearings may be taken up after the situation has improved, once the rate of increase of covid cases has stabilised / plateaued.’ While highlighting the model currently being followed by the Supreme Court, the representation submits that if physical hearings are to be continued, a system may kindly be considered, where, before listing a matter in physical court, and as a precondition for the same, consent of all parties appearing in the said matter must be obtained. It is also highlighted that the current Standard Operating Procedures makes it really difficult for conducting hearing in matters that require assistance of more than one colleague, owing to the bulk of records. It is also highlighted that having matters listed for both physical hearing and virtual hearing on the same day also poses a serious practical difficulty to the lawyers: ‘ There is no gainsaying that it is not practically possible or feasible while standing in a queue (to gain access to physical Court), to attend to and prosecute a matter that may be called out in a virtual court at the same time. Furthermore, the Wi-Fi signal in and around the court complex is patchy and will not enable seamless and effective assistance being rendered by counsel, even if one were to attempt to do so while standing in the queue.’ Therefore, the representation requests the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court to address the concerns of all the stakeholders while taking a decision on continuing with the system of physical hearings. Next Story
Awareness must be a priority• It was refreshing to read Mike Judge’s Comment on future pension provision (Personnel Today, 30 May). There has been muted discussion on this pressing and worrying issue, and there needs to be more frank debate. To be fair to the previous administration, the implementation of SERPs, and plans to link the state pension to RPI instead of average earnings, was a logical step, to recognise the need to cap the longer-term funding costs of the state pension, as the 1960s baby boom reaches pension age in about 20 years’ time.Although this naturally provided the necessary encouragement for private pension provision, the hypocritical act of Gordon Brown’s taxation changes on pension fund income, while at the same time proclaiming the need for the responsibility of pension provision shifting to the individual, will prove disastrous for many.The move by many companies to withdraw from final salary pension schemes exacerbates a problem, which cannot remain kicked into the long grass for ever, by our politicians.For the increasing numbers that look forward to a money purchase scheme – not forgetting those existing pension holders whose future pension contributions will require uplift to mitigate this taxation change – the next worry will be, what level of annuity rates can be expected when individual pension funds reach their maturity?As Mike Judge has hinted, the positive nature of the Government’s finances means a limited requirement for the issue of gilts which insurance companies need to support the annuities market, and which maturing pension funds have to purchase.If one then considers our 1960s-born population retiring in 20 years’ time, factoring in a likely improvement of life expectancy, the prospects for a significant downturn in annuity values would not seem unduly pessimistic.The level of naïvety of the general population on these issues is worrying, and we have a responsibility to improve awareness levels as a matter of priority.Jeremy Haworth MIPDHR managerBerksFlat caps give the wrong impression• I am surprised you were able to get a picture of what looked like the Countryside Alliance on to your At-a-glance guide to Union Recognition (Personnel Today, 13 June). I’ve never seen so many cloth caps in one place. Was this really a photograph of a union meeting or someone in your editorial office having a little bit of fun? Frankly it is an image that has no relation to most of the union meetings and conferences that I’ve attended over the past 10 years. However, when I showed it to a group of students (mainly from non-unionised backgrounds) they said, without any prompting from me, that it was a negative image of unions that confirmed their worst fears.Jim HoggartReading, BerksEditor’s note: The picture, of Rover employees at a union meeting, was in fact taken only one year ago.A Net difference of opinion• It was interesting to see an informative article on sources of information (Net interest, Personnel Today, 9 May). As an information scientist I often write such articles because many people find that locating information on the Web is not as easy as they envisage.However, I would like to correct some of the facts under the Government heading. The Stationery Office (TSO) has not been the “official publisher to Parliament for more than 200 years”. It was created some four years ago when Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO) was privatised. HMSO had certainly been publisher to Parliament since the 18th century. However HMSO does still exist and retains certain functions in relation to Parliamentary publishing. TSO now contracts with HMSO to provide printing and publishing services to Parliament and, if I am not mistaken, the contract is either up for re-tender at present or shortly will be. In the new arrangement TSO could publish for parts of the Government but not for Parliament if it lost the contract. It does publish for the Scottish Parliament.The Stationery Office did not launch a web service called intsofficial.net. It was prevented from using that name. The service launched was ukstate.com as mentioned in the Financial Times for 24 May. A certain amount of incorrect publicity does exist as the name was changed in February. However, it had been thoroughly corrected by the time you published. I am a long-serving member of the Standing Committee on Official Publications of the Library Association (LA, ISG), and we were aware of the change and discussed the implications that the late name change had on publicity, at our meeting on 10 May.As a postscript it would have been nice to see ISM’s web site in the list of relevant institute sites – www.ismstowe.demon.co.ukValerie Nurcombe Information Services ManagerISM Previous Article Next Article LettersOn 27 Jun 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.
WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News First Published: 5th September, 2020 08:17 IST Last Updated: 5th September, 2020 08:17 IST Hassan Beats Women’s One-hour World Record In Brussels Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands broke the rarely run one-hour world record on Friday by covering 18.930 kilometers at the Memorial Van Damme meeting FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV Written By COMMENT Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands broke the rarely run one-hour world record on Friday by covering 18.930 kilometers at the Memorial Van Damme meeting.The previous record of 18.517 kilometers was set by Ethiopia’s Dire Tune at the Ostrava Golden Spike meeting in 2008.Hassan and Kenya’s world marathon record-holder Brigid Kosgei fought toe to toe at the King Baudouin stadium with no fans watching because of the coronavirus crisis. Hassan accelerated in the final minute to leave Kosgei powerless in her slipstream.Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah will later try to set a new men’s one-hour record at the meeting, which is part of the Diamond League series.Image credits: AP