Due to the ongoing pandemic and the three-week lockdown announcement, the air is quite numb right now. No one has walked outside their shack and is working from their home. Perhaps, the administrative department is still sleepless at this time due to pandemic, so is the judicial mechanism. The judiciary is also quite active during this lockdown, where the Hon’ble Supreme Court, all the state High Courts and all the Subordinate Courts are hearing only the utmost and extremely important cases via video-conference since March 16, following the disciplinary instructions.
In the lieu of discomfort caused to the litigants, the Hon’ble Delhi High Court along with its subordinate courts, on 9 April 2020, decided to cancel their summer vacation and said they will be operational for the entire month of June i.e., from 01/06/2020 to 30/06/2020. The decision was taken at a meeting by Full Court headed by Delhi High Court Chief Justice D N Patel along with other judges keeping in view the pendency of cases that have been caused due to COVID- 19.
The bench stated that this action is taken to compensate the working hours lost due to the lockdown imposed over the Corona pandemic and to ensure restoration of normalcy in the functioning of the courts at the earliest.
As per the order passed by the High Court, this period of suspension is to be treated as the closure of court under Section 4 of the Limitation Act and all interim orders passed by the Delhi High Court and its subordinate courts, which were subsisting as on March 16 and are likely to expire or have already expired, have already been extended till May 15, 2020, automatically or until further orders. The Delhi High Court Bar Association has also urged its members and the legal fraternity to co-operate in this time of emergent national crisis.