The Madhya Pradesh High Court has notified the cancellation of summer vacation of the High Court and the subordinate courts for the current year. The entire period from May 18 to June 12, previously scheduled as summer vacation, has now been declared as Court working days for the High Court as well as the subordinate Courts in the state.
The decision to cancel the summer vacations has been taken to make up for the loss of working days caused due to the nationwide lockdown on account of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
According to the notification:
“Due to loss of working days during nationwide lockdown period owing to outspread of COVID-19 pandemic, the entire period of Summer Vacation commencing from 18.05.2020 to 12.06.2020 is hereby declared as Court working day for the High Court as well as for the Subordinate Courts of the State of Madhya Pradesh. The Registry Notification No B/5500 Jabalpur dated 07.112019 and C/156 Jabalpur dated 13.01.20 issued earlier in this regard stands modified accordingly.”
The High Court of Madhya Pradesh has also extended the period of interim bail of the accused persons for 45 days whose bail period is going to lapse in the upcoming days owing to the nationwide lockdown. The Registrar General has notified the decision has been taken by the High Power Committee, and has directed the Judicial Officers to comply and take necessary action.
The High Power Committee, following the Supreme Court order had decided to release the accused persons on interim bail for limited period of 45 days, but the bail period of these accused will lapse soon during the extended period of the lockdown.
-India Legal Bureau