COVID-19: High Court functioning restricted to urgent matters
Jammu, Mar 16:
With a view to prevent spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Jammu and
Kashmir High Court Monday issued a circular restricting the functioning in both
of its Jammu and Srinagar wings to urgent matters only.
According to the
circular, functioning in both the wings of the High Court from March 16, 2020
to March 31, 2020 shall be restricted to urgent matters.
litigants and parties in person shall mention their matter(s) by providing
number and stage of the matter(s) on daily board, showing the urgency before
the concerned Registrar Judicial through e-mail (Registrar Judicial Jammu:
[email protected], Registrar Judicial Srinagar:
[email protected]) by 3 pm of the previous day and upon satisfaction
about the urgency, the Court may hear such matter(s), the circular reads.
In all other
listed matters dates would be given by the Bench Secretaries and dates in such
matters shall be communicated through e-Courts platform.
Associations and the Advocates shall make sure that entry of the litigants in
the Court shall be restricted to the cases where the presence is unavoidable
and in such cases only one person may be called. The Bar Associations of both
the wings of the High Court shall ensure that there shall be no crowding in the
Court complex including the lawyers’ chambers. They shall also defer all their
public functions involving gathering.
It also says that
the Advocates shall advise their clients not to visit the Court unless their
presence is directed by the Court or is unavoidable.
Judicial of both the wings of the High Court shall ensure sanitization of the
complexes and availability of sanitizers in Court rooms and all other Sections
of the Registry for the staff, and at some conspicuous places in the complexes
for the Advocates and visitors.
screening of the visitors to the Court complexes shall be ensured through the
officials of the Health Department posted in the respective Wings of the High
While as all
official functions involving gathering shall stand deferred and Canteens and
the Bar rooms will not remain operational till further orders.
importance of the safety measures for health, all concerned shall cooperate
with the instructions of the staff on duty, in the interest of all, the