NCLT to start hearing urgent matters through video conferencing from Tuesday

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NCLT to start hearing urgent matters through video conferencing from Tuesday

The NCLT has asked that all advocates, litigants and others who would be part of the hearings to dress formally while addressing the video conference.

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The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) is set to start hearing urgent matters through video conferencing from Tuesday.

“In view of the seriousness of pandemic novel coronavirus (COVID-19) the urgent matters at NCLT Benches shall be heard through video conference w.e.f 21.4.2020 till the lockdown ends,” the notice released on Monday said.

According to the notice, all benches of the NCLT will function with a single-judge bench until the lockdown.

The NCLT has asked that all advocates, litigants and others who would be part of the hearings to dress formally while addressing the video conference.

Earlier last month, the company tribunal had announced that it would not accept any fresh filings from March 27 onward due to crowding at the filing centres.

Only certain benches would accept filings of matters with limitation issues while other benches would consider filings through email, the NCLT has said in the earlier notification.

The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) followed suit by shutting down its premises and its filing counters on March 21.

Both the NCLT and the NCLAT had adjourned hearings for after the lockdown in progressive noticies, however, with the lockdown being extended, the NCLT has decided to take up some of its pending cases.

On April 15, the NCLAT suspended court work till May 3, while stating that only urgent matters may be taken up.

Source- Economic Times.