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Lawyers’ body demands “physical functioning” of Gujarat HC, ready to accept restrictions

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The Gujarat High Court Advocates’ Association (GHCAA) has written to Chief Justice Vikram Nath informing that the majority of its members prefer physical functioning of the high court rather than hearing of cases through video conferencing.

The association had recently conducted voting on the issue and 64 per cent of the members of the bar who participated in the referendum voted in favour of the physical functioning of the court, whereas 36 per cent preferred the virtual functioning of the court. Notably, GHCAA has around 2,400 members and around 800 advocates took part in the referendum.

GHCAA president and senior advocate Yatin Oza said: “Now that the State of Gujarat has permitted almost all commercial activities including opening of malls and hospitality sector apart from place of worship, I earnestly request to your Lordship to please be good enough to start the physical functioning of the court at the earliest”.

Oza, recalling his experience as a legislator in the past, has said the government has decided to open the state secretariat and people visiting the secretariat from one district, out of the 33 districts, are far more than the people attending the high court from the entire state.

“If the secretariat is opened up, I personally feel there is no harm in opening up the high court by way of physical hearing with whatever restrictions your lordships deem fit and proper including prohibiting the entry of litigants,” the senior advocate has written in the letter.

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