Video conferencing hearing also has some norms: Karnataka High Court pulls up lawyer

The Karnataka High Court on Friday pulled up an advocate who participated in a video conference hearing while sitting inside a car.
When the matter was called out for hearing, the advocate for the petitioners appeared before the Court while sitting inside a car. In response, a Division Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Ashok S Kinagi said,
“Though due to extraordinary reasons we are forced to hear matters through video conferencing hearing, we hope and trust members of the bar will follow minimum decorum.”

The lawyer had made a request seeking time to file a rejoinder to the statement of objections submitted by the state government in his case and went offline due to network issues.
Thereafter, the Bench orally observed,
“Video conferencing hearing also has some norms. You cannot sit in the car and address the court.”

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