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HC streamlines case hearings

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Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 18

What's new

  • The HC will now hear anticipatory and regular bail pleas filed for the first time, protection matters involving runaway couples and habeas corpus cases, without prior request or mentioning

  • The HC was so far hearing cases through "mentioning" made before the judges

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has further streamlined the process of hearing cases. Among other things, it will now hear anticipatory and regular bail pleas filed for the first time, protection matters involving runaway couples and habeas corpus cases, without prior request or mentioning.

In legal parlance, mentioning denotes request for hearing cases. In normal circumstances, mentioning indicates out-of-turn requests, which are accepted in cases involving urgency.

The HC was so far hearing cases through "mentioning" made before the judges, who determined whether a particular matter warranted hearing. The entire process was tedious and time consuming.

The latest guidelines issued on Chief Justice Ravi Shanker Jha's behalf by Registrar-General Sanjiv Berry made it clear that application for suspension of sentence in criminal appeals and criminal revisions filed for the first time would also be heard without mentioning. The order said cases not requiring mentioning could be filed directly in the DRR branch and would be listed in due course. But the petitioner/counsel would be required to supply advanced copy of the petition through email to the official respondents. The order added that mentioning would, however, be required in case of public interest litigations.

The order said the cases would be listed after a gap of one day from the passing of the petition. But, this would be subject to maximum number of cases that can be taken up for hearing in a day.

In case, the number exceeds, the matters will be listed the next date or as early as possible. Regular bails, in which mentioning has been accepted, will be listed after a week. Elaborating, Berry said an application filed on Monday would be listed for next Monday and applications filed on Friday and Saturday would be listed for next Friday. The applications for suspension of sentence will be listed after a gap of 15 days as per prevalent practice.



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