Amid the nationwide lockdown, the Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Association (SCAORA) urges the Supreme Court to partially suspend the summer vacation. On April 13, 2020, a resolution was passed by the SCAORA for a complete suspension of the summer break. However, the SCAORA requests to conduct hearings between the period of May 18, 2020, and June 22, 2020, instead of a complete suspension. The Association made the decision stating the partial break would enable judges and other SC officials to visit their families.
The scheduled summer vacation is from May 16th, 2020, until July 5th, 2020. However, the SCAORA urges that the period of summer vacations should be between June 22 and July 5. The SCAORA made a request to the Supreme Court in order to mitigate the loss of the court’s work and the hardships of the litigants and advocates due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting was via video-conferencing.
On April 9, the Delhi High Court announced the suspension of the summer break for the High Court and the subordinate courts in Delhi. The Delhi HC and the subordinate Courts will remain functional in the entire month of June 2020. A similar decision has been notified by the National Green Tribunal. The NGT has cancelled its summer vacation and will remain functional in June 2020.