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Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Physical hearings resume at Dist Courts after 9 months

Ramkrishan Upadhyay

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 11

After a gap of over nine months, physical hearings resumed at all courts at the District Courts, Sector 43, Chandigarh, from today onwards following all Covid-19 precautions. The District and Sessions Judge issued an order in this regard today.

The order says all judicial officers will hold their respective courts physically on all working days, except Saturdays, and conduct hearing through physical mode of appearance in all categories of cases. However, the judicial offices are directed to take up the matters strictly in accordance with the instructions issued by the High Court vide its letter dated October 6, 2020.

It is ordered that fresh cases, which are filed post-lunch session, will be taken up on the next day. The order says only entry of advocates will be allowed in the courts. However in cases where physical presence of litigant/witness is necessary in the court, their access will also be allowed. However, it is made clear that the guidelines/health advisories issued by the Government of India and other competent authorities from time to time will be strictly followed.

Bhag Singh Suhag, president of the District Bar Association, Chandigarh, said it was their pending demand for resuming physical hearings in courts. The Bar Association would help the Bench in all possible means to ensure smooth functioning of physical hearings in courts by following all guidelines issued by the Health Department.

Karanjit Singh, chairman of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana, said functioning of courts came to a standstill after the Covid-induced lockdown on March 25 last year. He hoped that advocates and litigants would now get benefit from resumption of physical hearings.

from The Tribune

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