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Gujarat High Court has announced that its premises will remain closed from April 10-14 and the registry will be closed on April 12 for sanitizing. The High court has ordered for suspension for practice of publishing cause lists 48 hours in advance.
The High court has also directed that physical functioning of lower courts and tribunals in five districts – Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, and Jamnagar shall be suspended and judicial working shall be carried out only through the virtual online medium, for the period of ten days, from April 7 to 17.
Subordinate courts in five districts however been permitted to take up matters physically which are either brought up or are already scheduled for compromise (between parties) or compounding (of sentence).
For remaining districts, it has been directed that while they may continue operating physically, the working hours must be limited – with two hours in the first session and two hours in the second session – as well as limited staff with only 50 per cent operating each day.
The decision to put curbs on lower judiciary’s physical functioning came after a standing committee meeting of the HC was held Tuesday. It was noted by Chief Justice Vikram Nath that each day Covid-19 cases are being reported among judicial officers across districts of Gujarat.