The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday (13th January) issued a circular regarding resumption of physical functioning of Subordinate Courts of Gujarat.
The Circular, containing directions with respect to physical functioning of Subordinate Courts would be effective from 18th January 2021.
As per the Circular, all the Subordinate Courts except Courts at District Headquarters of Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara & Rajkot & Courts in Micro Containment Zones shall start functioning with Regular Court Working Hours of 10.45 am to 06.10 pm. 10.45 am to 06.10 pm.
Significantly, the Courts at District Headquarters of Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara & Rajkot & Courts in Micro Containment Zones shall continue to function as per earlier Circulars / Guidelines of the High Court of Gujarat.
The Circular also states that that the Subordinate Courts shall function as per regular practice & procedures in consonance with social distancing guidelines issued by the Central/State Government and as per the SOP laid down by High Court of Gujarat Circular dated 04th November 2020 regarding resumption of Physical Functioning of Subordinate Courts.
In related news, the Punjab & Haryana High Court last week asked the District & Sessions Judges in the State of Punjab, Haryana and U.T. Chandigarh to permit the physical hearing in all categories of cases subject to their own assessment of prevailing local conditions including the intensity of spread of COVID-19 Pandemic.
A Notification/Letter to this effect was issued on Friday (08th January) by the Registrar General of Punjab & Haryana High Court.
Recently, the Patna High Court had also decided to start functioning in physical mode purely on 'Experimental basis' for 'Two weeks' i.e., from 4.1.2021 till 15.1.2021 while observing the social distancing norms.
The competent authority had decided that the Court will start functioning in physical mode purely on "experimental basis" for "two weeks" i.e., from 4.1.2021 till 15.1.2021.
It may also be noted that the Registrar General of Madras High Court had, last month, released an Official Memorandum informing that the Administrative Committee of the Madras High Court had resolved that subordinate courts in Tamil Nadu can proceed with physical hearings from Monday (18th January, 2021).