The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday stressed that judicial transparency and accountability is important. Chief Justice Aravind Kumar issued a notice to implement auto-listing of specific fresh cases with effect from July 7, 2022.
“As directed by Hon’ble the Chief Justice Mr. Justice Aravind Kumar, the following methodology is being implemented for the pilot implementation of Auto Listing of certain categories of fresh matters from cause list to be published for 7th July 2022 onwards,” the notice said.
The following three categories of matters will be considered for auto-listing in the cause list:
1. Regular bail applications and criminal appeals under The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 will be listed on 2nd day of filing;
2. Anticipatory bail applications and criminal appeals under The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 will be listed on 3rd day of filing;
3. Quashing petitions under Section 482 of the Criminal Procedure Code and special criminal applications under Articles 226 and 227 of the Constitution will be listed on 3rd day of filing;
The cases will be listed in a cause list named “Auto Listing Board”, and advocates in the matters will be notified as per regular course by way of alerts on their email and via SMS.
The notice clarified that the number of days will be counted from the next court working day after the matter is filed. Also, clarified that it will not include Saturdays and holidays.
Pertinently, unlisted fresh matters, irrespective of registration, stage and objections would be listed at the most by the days specified.
“Thus, if the matter is ready and does not have any objections therein, the same shall also be listed in a regular course which maybe even before the aforesaid day but shall not be later than the aforesaid auto listing day“, stated the notice.
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