Coronavirus: Delhi HC to restrict its functioning to urgent matters from March 16

In the control of outbreak, The held an emergency to prevent spread of Coronavirus in court premises and decided from 16 March will only hear urgent meeting.

The decision was taken in a meeting of the Administration and general supervision Committee of the High Court, president and honorary secretary of the High Court Bar and in the presence of other high court judges “to contain the spread of pandemic coronavirus”.

The high court has decided that dates in routine matters will be given by the court before the court assembles. It has also directed that fresh intern passes will not be issued until 31 March.

The high court has also decided to not insist on personal appearance of parties, unless the same is indispensable and has asked all the lawyers not to recommend the issuance of visitor passes. A similar direction has also been made to all the district courts of Delhi.

The Supreme Court has also issued a restricting functioning of the court to urgent matters with such number of Benches as may be found appropriate.

The high court had issued a circular requesting Advocate, general public and litigants to avoid unnecessary overcrowding in court premises in light of the Coronavirus outbreak.


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