Supreme Court discontinues practice of circulating adjournment slips in advance till December 15, 2023

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In a circular issued by the Supreme Court Registrar on December 05, 2023, the Supreme Court announced that lawyers are not allowed to request adjournments in advance by circulating adjournment slips/letters till December 15, 2023. The circular reads, “In order to accommodate the request of listing a maximum number of cases in the interest of litigants and in view of the ensuing winter vacation, all stakeholders to note that the practice of circulating adjournment slips/letters is discontinued with immediate effect till December 15, 2023.” It also stated that in case of genuine difficulty, an adjournment request can be made before the concerned Court. The same has to be done before the Court’s winter vacation which starts from December 16, 2023, to January 01, 2024. Moreover, the Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud said “This Monday (December 04, 2023) we had 15 benches, and almost 205 adjournment slips were given. I am constantly telling the bar that please avoid adjournments.”