Dist, subordinate courts to be sanitized on daily basis
Jammu, Mar 16: To
prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Jammu and Kashmir High
Court today issued a circular directing sanitization of district and other
subordinate court buildings and premises in J&K and Ladakh on daily basis.
According to the
circular, Judicial Officers shall take all necessary measures to sanitize the
Court buildings and premises on daily basis. Further, Principal District Judges
shall ensure that sanitizers are available in their respective districts for
the visitors as well as the staff particularly those manning windows (filing
counters, enquiries, front-offices) where there is constant public dealing.
Crowding in the
Courts shall be avoided and Thermal Scanners (non-touch) be procured at the
earliest and the same be put to use at the existing check points of the Court
Complexes, the circular reads.
The circular also
says that the District Bar Associations and Advocates be asked to advise the
litigants not to visit the Courts unless their presence has been directed by
the Court. The Courts shall not insist upon the personal presence of the
parties unless it is absolutely necessary.
matters, request for exemption from personal appearance of accused be
Magistrates shall deal with only urgent matters pertaining to release of seized
vehicles and defer all other routine matters for the present, the circular
crowding in the Lock up be curtailed and appropriate steps in this regard be
taken by all the Principal District and Sessions Judges in consultation with
the prison authorities.
It also says that
for recording of evidence, grant of remand to the accused/under trials,
production of under trial prisoners, the facility of video conferencing be put
to use as far as it is possible to do so.
Legal Services Programmes and Mediation Programmes shall not be held till
In cases of
absence of parties appearing in person or in cases of non-production of
witnesses, passing of adverse orders shall be avoided.
reads that in final argument matters, as far as possible, written submissions
be obtained from the parties/their counsels so as to minimize the time for oral
In civil matters,
wherever possible, service of local commissioner be availed of for the purposes
of recording of evidence, after obtaining the consent of both the parties.
It also directs
for setting up a help line in every District and Muffasil Court Complex for
updating the litigants/lawyers about their cases and answering queries.
A dedicated team
(comprising a Senior Judicial Officer and a Senior Ministerial Staff) be
constituted in each District Court Complex for taking stock of the situation on
a day-to-day basis and to take appropriate remedial steps, the circular reads.
and the Bar rooms will not remain operational till further orders.