HC Orders Virtual Hearings Till May 15 In J&K, Ladakh ‘Lawyers Not Required In Premises’

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Srinagar, Apr 26 (GNS): Amid “alarming surge” in COVID-19 an infection circumstances, Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal on Monday ordered that submitting in addition to listening to of circumstances within the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir in addition to within the District and Subordinate Courts and Tribunals shall be performed by means of Virtual Mode until May 15.

As per an order, the Chief Justice has directed that the entry of litigants, public and clerks of the Advocates into the Court premises from the very outer gate shall be strictly prohibited in each wings of the High Court.

“For filing of cases, Registrars Judicial of both wings of the High Court shall create a dedicated email address of their respective filing counters and notify the same to the advocates/litigants by making it available on the website of the High Court.”

‘Ordinarily Before Notice’ issues shall be taken up by every Bench until urgency in respect of any ‘After Notice’ matter is proven to the satisfaction of the Bench involved, the order reads.

“Physical hearing in respect of any listed matter will be at the discretion of the Bench concerned subject to the satisfaction of the Bench regarding extreme urgency involved in such matter and thereafter such case shall be taken up for physical hearing on the date fixed by the Bench” reads the order, a replica of which lies with GNS.

“On account of virtual hearing, entry of lawyers in the High Court premises is not required unless any advocate is permitted for physical hearing in any extremely urgent matter.”
In order to decongest the sections/places of work/Courts, the Chief Justice mentioned the officers shall be permitted to operate in batches with 50 % discount on rotation foundation.

The roster on this regard, shall be formulated by the Registrar Judicial of the involved wing.”

The officers, who as per the roster are usually not on obligation within the workplace, shall not go away the station and shall stay obtainable on phone and digital technique of communication always.

Regarding District and Subordinate Courts and Tribunals in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, the Chief Justice ordered that entry of litigants, public and clerks of the Advocates into the Court premises from the very outer gate shall be strictly prohibited. “For filing of cases, the Presiding Officers shall create a dedicated email address of their respective courts and make it available to the advocates/litigants by posting the same on the website of their District Courts concerned or through any appropriate electronic mode.”

The Pr. District & Sessions Judges, the Chief Justice mentioned, shall classes the emergent nature of circumstances of their respective courts and the courts subordinate to them which shall be taken up for listening to by means of digital mode. “Physical hearing in respect of any listed matter will be at the discretion of the Judge concerned subject to the satisfaction of the Judge regarding extreme urgency involved in such matter.”

In order to decongest the sections and places of work of the Courts, the Chief Justice ordered that the officers working within the Subordinate Courts shall be permitted to operate in batches with 50 % discount on rotation foundation, he mentioned.

“The roster in this regard, shall be formulated by the Presiding Officer of the Court. The officials, who as per the roster are not on duty in the office, shall not leave the station and shall remain available on telephone and electronic means of communication at all times.”

“The staff on duty in courts and the counsel, if any permitted for physical hearing, shall take necessary precautions, ensure physical distancing, wearing of mask and observance of SOPs and guidelines issued by the respective Governments from time to time.” (GNS)

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