In a fresh move, the Bombay High Court's Principal Bench (in Mumbai) will begin auto-listing for newly filed cases before certain benches, from December 11.
The notice issued by the Registrar of the High Court; HM Bhosale reveals that freshly filed matters will be automatically listed for hearing in a supplementary cause list before specific judges on a trial basis.
The new protocol will first apply to two division benches and three single judge benches at the Bombay High Court's main seat. As per reports, the first Division Bench, which includes Chief Justice Devendra Kumar Upadhya and Justice Arif S Doctor, hears public interest litigations, arbitration appeals, appeals under Section 13 of the Commercial Courts Act, and disputes involving the Court's infrastructure. Justices GS Patel and Kamal Khata sit on the second Division Bench hears writ petitions involving municipal corporations, election petitions, and other matters.
This auto-listing system includes three Single Judge benches: Justice MS Karnik for bail applications filed in 2023, Justice NJ Jamadar for anticipatory bail applications, and Justice GA Sanap for bail applications filed up to the year 2022.
Auto-listing of cases before the Division Benches will occur one week after the final numbering of newly submitted matters, whereas it will occur three days after the final numbering for Single Judges.
The notice has clarified that those matters mentioned in new protocol should not be mentioned before the benches concerned. Mentioning will be permitted only if exceptional urgency is made out justifying a listing earlier than the auto-listing schedule.
The Additional supplementary cause list will be taken up before the regular cause list, the notice added.