Working on system for automatic listing of cases in four days, says CJI

Judge Ranjan Gogoi Illustration: Ajay Mohanty

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi Wednesday said the Supreme Court is devising a mechanism to do away with the process of mentioning pleas and would ensure automatic listing of a fresh case for hearing within four days of the filing.

Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that if a matter cannot wait for four days, then lawyers can mention their petitions for urgent listing before the apex court registrar.

"We are working on a system in which a matter after filing automatically comes up for hearing within four days. If the matter can't wait for four days then you (lawyers) all can mention your case before the registrar for urgent listing. Then we will look into the petition. We are working on that system," the CJI said.

The remarks of CJI Gogoi came after a lawyer mentioned the matter for urgent listing before a bench, also comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao and Sanjiv Khanna, saying that it has been over three days but his case has not been listed.

A mentioning is a process in which a lawyer or a litigant seeking urgent hearing or relief in his case after filing the petition mentions the matter for listing before a bench headed by the Chief Justice of India.

On October 3, his first day in office as a Chief Justice of India, Justice Gogoi had made it clear that fresh parameters would be worked out for mentioning the matters for hearing of cases which require hearing on priority and urgent mentioning.

CJI Gogoi had then said "no urgent mentioning of cases will be allowed" till certain parameters are fixed for it. "We will work out the parameters, then we will see as to how mentioning will be done. If somebody is going to be hanged tomorrow, then we can understand the (urgency).

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