Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Supreme Court extends ‘Limitation period’ due to difficulties faced by lawyers on account of Covid-19 virus

Supreme Court Court has taken Suo Motu cognizance of the situation arising out of the challenge faced by the country on account of Covid-19 Virus and resultant difficulties that may be faced by litigants across the country in filing their petitions/applications/suits/ appeals/all other proceedings within the period of limitation prescribed under the general law of limitation or under Special Laws (both Central and/or State).

To obviate such difficulties and to ensure that lawyers/litigants do not have to come physically to file such proceedings in respective Courts/Tribunals across the country including this Court, it was ordered that a period of limitation in all such proceedings, irrespective of the limitation prescribed under the general law or Special Laws whether condonable or not shall stand extended with effect from  15th March 2020 till further order/s to be passed by the Court in present proceedings.

The Court while exercising the power under Article 142 read with Article 141 of the Constitution of India declared that this order is a binding order within the meaning of Article 141 on all Courts/Tribunals and authorities.

This order of Supreme Court may be brought to the notice of all High Courts for being communicated to all subordinate Courts/Tribunals within their respective jurisdiction. Also notice is to be issued to all the Registrars General of the High Courts in respect of the same, and it is returnable in four weeks from today”, Said Apex Court.

-India Legal Bureau                              


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