Chief Justice Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Justice Gita Mittal hearing a plea via video conference (File Photo: DIPR)

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Justice Gita Mittal has extended till September 20 the order directing courts falling in Red zone areas to conduct hearing through virtual mode.

“After taking into consideration all prevailing factors due to spread of COVID-19 infection and with a view to prevent the infection in Red Zone areas declared by the Governments of Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, Hon’ble the Chief Justice has been pleased to direct that the Circular No. 6/RG dated 11-07-2020, read with order No. 183 dated 16-08-2020, shall remain in force till 20th of September, 2020,” read an official order by J&K High Court on Tuesday.

According to the July 11 circular, the High Court at Srinagar Wing and other allied subordinate courts, which are falling in ‘Red zones’, were directed to conduct hearing through virtual mode to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to it the judges can hear the matters from their residences or office chambers.

The advocates, as per it, appearing for the cases shall cause their appearance through virtual mode as well from the residences or offices.

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