New Delhi (ILNS): The Supreme Court Advocates-On-Record Association (SCAORA) has written to the Secretary General of the court, urging it to withdraw the circular against sharing of video conferencing links with other advocates.

The letter states: “We wish to bring to your kind notice that the hearings through video conferencing (virtual court) proceedings are being conducted in place of physical courts of congregation. However, all facilities for oral mentioning in the courts, opportunity to all the AOR/Advocates to view the court proceedings/junior Advocates to view the court proceedings in court to enrich their knowledge and experience etc., have still not been made available even after a span of eight months of the functioning of hearing through video conferencing (virtual court).” 

It states that control of the video and audio is always in the hands of controller of the particular court hall. Despite that, there are catena of incidents wherein the audio and video of the concerned AOR/Advocates have not been unmuted during the proceedings. 

The association requests the secretery general to withdraw the notification of  November 6, and also requests to issue an SOP for enabling lawyers to make oral mentioning of matters in the hearing through video conferencing. It also requests for an additional link to enable AOR/Advocates to view the hearing of all courts. 

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