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Gujarat High Court suspends judicial functioning for November 23 & 24

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Given the sudden hike in COVID-19 cases in the city and the imposition of curfew from Friday 9 pm onwards, the Gujarat High Court has decided to suspend its judicial functioning for two days on November 23 and 24.

A circular issued by the Gujarat High Court said the registry of the court is directed to remain shut on November 23. The judicial functioning will remain suspended for two days. Matters which were to be taken on November 23 and 24 will be heard on the 25th and 26th of the same month, the circular reads.

Interestingly, the high court was to resume work from November 23 after Diwali vacation but the same remains suspended.

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The whole court premise was also sanitized by the AMC. The administrative work has been suspended thrice in the last eight months due to COVID-19.

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Gujarat High Court on November 7 had allowed the Advocate’s Chamber to be opened after Diwali vacation from November 23 onwards.

Court has also said that the decision on physical hearings will be taken in a meeting on December 20. A tentative date of January 4, 2021, was announced, which may change as per the court’s directions.

Earlier the Advocates Chambers, which is within the Gujarat High Court premises, were opened as per the odd-even formula. The court later allowed the chambers to be completely opened from November 23 following a request by the Bar Council.

Gujarat High Court had on October 26 announced live streaming of video conferencing through You Tube on an experimental basis. It was the first high court in the country to live-stream its video conferencing hearing.

Almost all matters are heard through video conferencing at Gujarat High Court after the imposition of lockdown in March.

 

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