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Lower courts in Gujarat’s 4 major cities to start functioning from March 1

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Gujarat High Court on Friday directed all subordinate courts outside the containment zone in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot, and Surat to commence physical functioning from March 1, 2021.

A circular issued by the registry of Gujarat High Court has asked all subordinate courts including sessions court, metropolitan court, and other courts to start their physical functioning between 10.45 am to 6:10 pm from March 1. However, no announcement has been made about the physical functioning of the Gujarat High Court.

Gujarat High Court said that considering the latest data about COVID in districts of Gujarat and representation made by the bar association of different court establishments of Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot, and Surat they have decided to start physical functioning of subordinate courts from March 1.

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Guidelines issued by Gujarat high court

  • The guidelines issued by the Gujarat High Court on November 4, 2020, has to be followed strictly by all subordinate courts in four major cities of the state as well.
  • The principal judge/district judge should appoint a COVID officer along with required dedicated staff to plan, oversee, execute and supervise all COVID-related activities in every court establishment.
  • All judicial staff, advocates, and other staff will have to download the Aarogya Setu app.
  • No person is allowed to enter court premises without a face mask and there should be only a single entry & exit point in the court.
  • All judicial officers, employees, and other contractual staff should be checked with thermal guns and those with fever or other symptoms shouldn’t be allowed to enter the court premises.
  • A facility for sanitizer and social distancing norms should be made.
  • The principal judicial officer should direct the PWD /R&D works department to install plexiglass/ acrylic sheets between the dais of all judicial officers in courts and the sitting space of advocates and litigants.
  • Canteens shall serve tea, coffee, packed food, and drinking water. All ATMs in court shall remain closed till further orders.

 

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