Order XLII - Special Reference under Article 143 of the Constitution : Supreme Court Rules 2013
What is Special Reference under Article 143 of the Constitution? Order XLII of Supreme Court Rules 2013
Order XLII of Supreme Court Rules 2013 : "Special Reference
under Article 143 of the Constitution"
1. On the receipt by the Registrar of the Order of the
President referring a question of law or fact to the Court under
article 143 of the Constitution the Registrar shall give notice
to the Attorney-General for India to appear before the Court on
a day specified in the notice to take the directions of the
Court as to the parties who shall be served with notice of such
reference, and the Court may, if it considers it desirable,
order that notice of such reference, shall be served upon such
parties as may be named in the order.
2. Subject to the directions of the Court the notice shall
require all such parties served therewith as desired to be heard
at the hearing of the reference to attend before the Court on
the day fixed by the order to take the directions of the Court
with respect to statements of facts and arguments and with
respect, to the date of the hearing.
3. Subject to the provisions of this Order, on a reference
under article 143 of the Constitution, the Court shall follow as
nearly as may be the same procedure as is followed in
proceedings before the Court in the exercise of its original
jurisdiction, but with such variations as may appear to the
Court to be appropriate and as the Court may direct.
4. After the hearing of the reference under article
143 of the Constitution the Registrar shall transmit to
the President the report of the Court thereon.
5. The Court may make such order as it thinks fit as to the
costs of all parties served with notice under these rules and
appearing at the hearing of the reference under article 143 of