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Avoid Black Coat & Gown Amid COVID-19, Says Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday directed that the advocates may wear plain white shirts/ white-salwar-kameez/ white saree along with a plain white neckband during the hearings through virtual court system till medical exigencies exists.

Supreme Court has taken this decision considering the medical advice, as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of COVID-19 infection. 

“As a precautionary measure to contain spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection under the prevailing conditions, the Competent Authority has been pleased to direct that the advocates may wear “plain white-shirt/white-salwar-kameez/ white saree, with a plain- white neck band” during the hearings before the Supreme Court of India through Virtual Court System till medical exigencies exist or until further orders,” a notification read.

The Chief Justice S.A. Bobde while hearing a PIL stated that “Avoid black coats and gowns for the time being because it makes easier to catch the virus.”

Earlier, the recommendations have been made by the Judge’s committee through a report submitted to the Chief Justice of India. The recommendations hence made included reducing the length of summer vacation, hearing of the cases through video-conferencing to compensate for the loss of time suffered by the Supreme Court during the lockdown. 

Read the Circular Here;

-India Legal Bureau

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