On the first day after assuming charge, Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir restored in the Supreme Court the concept of ‘oral mentioning’ and requests through applications for early hearing of matters.

The former CJI, S.H. Kapadia, dispensed with the procedure soon after he assumed office in May 2010, and lawyers found it difficult to get their matters expedited if, for some reason, the petitions were listed for a period a few months or days later than what was contemplated by the court.

On Monday, Justice Kabir entertained ‘oral mentioning’, and directed the Registry to post certain matters for hearing. Supreme Court Bar Association president P.H. Parekh welcomed restoration of ‘mentioning.’

Welcoming the new CJI, he said the Bar would cooperate with the Bench in all possible ways. Later, Justice Kabir visited the two libraries in the Court, where he met lawyers and heard their problems.

He told them that they could give their suggestions through the association president. Justice Kabir also visited the women lawyers’ library and interacted with women lawyers.

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