Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Monday canceled its summer vacations due to the impact of COVID-19 on the functioning of the Courts, whereas, the Court has also directed that the 15 days summer vacations in the lower courts also stands to cancel.
Chief Justice Gita Mittal of the J&K HC through an official order dated 1st June has taken this decision due to the adverse impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the functioning of the High Court as well as the District and the Subordinate Courts in the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
Whereas, the order also states that the hearings stand reduced to urgent matters only.
Justice Mittal has also noted down that “Considering the severe hardships faced by the litigants in the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh due to the impeded functioning of the Courts on account of lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
Justice Mittal Further added that “…it would be highly inappropriate and unjustified to proceed with the ensuing summer vacation in the High Court of J&K and Subordinate Courts in Jammu Division.
-India Legal Bureau