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CJI Dattu bans oral adjournment requests in SC: Now adjournments require 2 days notice

The new Chief Justice of India (CJI) HL Dattu has put an end to the practice of orally seeking case adjournments in the Supreme Court, by making it mandatory to circulate an advance written request for adjournments, to the court and the opposing counsel.

A Supreme Court circular from yesterday stated:

“[…] henceforth the counsel/Parties-in-person seeking adjournment of the mattering in the Final Cause List, shall now submit a letter/request, after getting the same noted by the counsel for the other side with Assistant Registrar (Listing) for circulating the same to the Hon’ble Court at least two days in Advance from the appointed date of listing/hearing.”

The circular added that letters seeking adjournments of matters listed on Monday would be accepted till 11am on the preceding Saturday and those for Friday will be accepted until 3pm on the preceding Wednesday.

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