Coronavirus pandemic :CJI Mittal emphasizes on strict adherence of preventive measures
Jammu, Mar 17:
Chief Justice Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Justice Gita Mittal Tuesday
interacted with Judicial Officers, President and Secretaries of District Bar
Associations of J&K and Ladakh regions through Video Conferencing to
sensitize them about the spread of novel coronavirus.
also reviewed the measures in place with District Judges, other Judicial
Officers, Presidents and Secretaries of all Bar Associations and impressed upon
them to use Thermal scanners (non-touch) at checkpoints in the court complexes
and avoid crowding by minimizing the footfall in the Court complexes.
District Judges were advised to sanitize the court buildings on daily basis.
Judicial officers were also directed to ensure that sanitizers are available
for visitors as well as staff. President Bar Associations were directed to
advise the litigants not to visit courts unless their presence has been
directed by the Court.
District Judges were also advised to take appropriate steps in consultation
with the prisons department to avoid unnecessary crowding in lock-ups. Emphasis
was laid on optimum use of Video Conferencing for conducting trials and for
grant of remand to the accused persons.
Mittal impressed upon all the participants to ensure that guidelines/advisories
issued by the WHO, High Court, Central Government and Governments of J&K
and Ladakh to prevent the spread of coronavirus are followed in letter and
Later, she also
interacted with the In-charges and inmates in the two Observation Homes at
Harwan, Srinagar and RS Pura, Jammu through Video Calls and advised them on
necessary precautions like regular handwash, avoiding frequent touching of
nose, mouth and eyes.
The Chief Justice
also instructed Superintendent Observation Homes to take care of the hygiene
and diet of the inmates. Panel lawyers and PLVs were also present in the
sessions and they were directed to assist inmates in seeking exemption from
Mittal also interacted with Judicial Officers manning Sales Tax Appellate
Tribunal, J&K Special Tribunal, Labour and Industrial Tribunal, Motor
Accident Claims Tribunal and One Man Forest Authority to ascertain steps taken
for social distancing to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus and advised
them on avoidance of crowding in the premises and to sanitize the tribunal
buildings on a daily basis.
Meanwhile, on the
instructions of Chief Justice J&K High Court Justice Gita Mittal, Justice
Rajesh Bindal accompanied by registry officers took a round of High Court
Complex at Jammu and took stock of the implementation of various instructions
issued by the High Court to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
inspected the sanitation and cleanliness of the entire complex and instructed
Registrar Judicial to ensure daily fumigation of the complex and increase the
frequency of sanitizing work in the entire court complex including Bar Rooms,
Bank, and Dispensary.
He also inspected
the working of infrared thermometer put to use at entry point by the High Court
to screen various visitors entering the complex and also requested the lawyers
to avoid unnecessary crowding in the Complex.
Justice Sanjeev Kumar visited District Court Complex Jammu and inspected
implementation of the instructions of the High Court issued for the District
and subordinate courts to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus.