The Delhi High Court Chief Justice and other Judges on Saturday issued an advisory to Delhi District Courts that courts should not insist on the presence of parties unless unavoidable and use video conferencing to optimum use for recording evidence and for undertrial prisoners from jail. The advisory has been put out in view of growing coronavirus cases once again.
The advisory issued by the Delhi High Court Registrar General Manoj Jain asked all District & Sessions Judges, Principal Judges, Family Courts to take appropriate measures to regulate entry of litigants and the general public in the Court Complex to avoid crowding. The advisory said non-touch thermal scanners may be procured to use at existing check points.
Among other points, the advisory said till the present situation persists, no adverse/default orders be passed in matters where parties are found to be absent.
It be ensured by all the District & Sessions Judges that sanitizers are available in their respective districts, for visitors as well as staff, particularly those manning windows where there is constant public dealing. Housekeeping, agency/staff be asked to ensure highest level of hygiene is maintained in court complex and disinfectants are sprayed regularly, the advisory reads.
The High Court has instructed that the President and General Secretary of the respective District Court Bar Association may issue necessary directions to ensure that there is no crowding in the Court complex including the lawyers’ chambers. Bar would also ensure that interns are not permitted in the Court complex till the present situation persists.
No functions or election will be held till further orders and the mediation proceedings will be held only if they are of urgent nature, directed by the High Court.PublicNotice_VQHKSS8VKKE