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New Delhi, September 21

A day after a full court session, and to allay concerns from attorneys and litigants that matters are not being brought to hearings due to lack of time, the Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a new mechanism under which a disparate case is “not taken up” for Hearing will be performed the next day.

A circular issued by the Supreme Court read: “It is hereby notified, for information to the members of the Bar, the persons concerned and all concerned, that the Competent Authority is pleased to settle the ‘Not Taken’ Miscellaneous Matters from Tuesday to next performed on Wednesday and those from Wednesday are performed on Thursday the next day.

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Similarly, it said “unrecorded” various matters from Thursday will be listed on Tuesday of the following week, subject to orders which may be issued by the bank concerned.

A full court session chaired by Chief Justice of India UU Lalit was held on Tuesday, sources said, on various issues including reducing the backlog of pending cases and the new system for listing cases.

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Lawyers have expressed concerns that their listed matters will not be heard by their respective banks under the new case listing system introduced by the Supreme Court since August 29 after Chief Justice of India UU Lalit took charge.

Under the new mechanism introduced from August 29, Supreme Court judges work in two different shifts.

The new system sees 30 judges sitting in a pair of pairs on Monday and Friday of each week dealing with over 60 different matters from each bank, including the new PILs.

The new mechanism also sees the judges sitting in a three-judge combination on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and initially (in the morning session) conduct detailed hearings, which are generally old cases that have been going on for years until March 13 clock pending.

In the after-lunch session (afternoon session), the judges will sit in a two-judge combination and deal first with matters related to transfer requests (related to the transfer of cases from one jurisdiction to another) and then new matters. including PILs followed by 30 to 20 cases filed later by 4pm.

On September 13, in a rare case, a Supreme Court expressed its displeasure in its court order over a new case-list mechanism introduced by Chief Justice UU Lalit to expedite matters that have been pending for years.

A bench led by Sanjay Kishan Kaul, currently the third senior judge on the Supreme Court, issued an order during a criminal hearing: “The new listing system does not provide sufficient time to accommodate matters scheduled for hearing as in the present case, as there are a number of matters within the ‘afternoon session’”.

The bank listed the matter for hearing on November 15.

However, at a September 15 event, the CJI denied media reports that a Supreme Court tribunal had criticized the new system of listing cases.

The CJI had called the media reports “inaccurate” and stated that all Supreme Court judges agreed.

Earlier this month, a bank led by Justice DY Chandrachud, who is in line to become India’s next Chief Justice, had said it had decided there would be a consolidated list of post-publication matters that would run throughout the week at a bank .

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