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All Subordinate Courts In Maharashtra & Goa (Except Pune) To Start Regular Functioning From December 1: Bombay High Court

Nitish Kashyap
27 Nov 2020 12:00 PM GMT
All Subordinate Courts In Maharashtra & Goa (Except Pune) To Start Regular Functioning From December 1: Bombay High Court
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The Chief Justice and other Judges of the Administrative Committee of the Bombay High Court approved a new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), in supersession to the earlier SOP and modifications therein, in respect to the functioning of all the subordinate courts in the States of Maharashtra and Goa and the Union Territories of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu (except the Courts...

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The Chief Justice and other Judges of the Administrative Committee of the Bombay High Court approved a new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), in supersession to the earlier SOP and modifications therein, in respect to the functioning of all the subordinate courts in the States of Maharashtra and Goa and the Union Territories of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu (except the Courts in Pune Judicial District).

As per the new SOP-

1. All Courts (except the Courts in Pune Judicial District) shall start regular functioning with effect from 01.12.2020, in two shifts.

2. In each shift the Judicial working hours will be of 2:30 hours (i.e. from 11.00 am to 1.30 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm) with 100% presence of the judicial officers and the staff in each shift.

3. In the first shift, preferably, the cases which are fixed for evidence and in the second shift, preferably, the cases which are fixed for Judgment, order or hearing of arguments may be taken up.

4. The Judicial Officers may not pass any adverse order owing to the absence of the advocates, parties, witnesses or accused persons.

5. Only those advocates, witnesses, accused persons and party-in-persons whose matters are listed on that day's board or whose presence is required by the Court for any specific purpose like verification etc. will be permitted to have access in the Court building. No one should enter the Court halls unless their matter is called out and shall leave the Court premises as soon as hearing of their case / work is over.

6. All Courts in Pune Judicial District shall continue to work as per the old arrangement which was put in place vide SOP dated 03.06.2020 and the modifications therein vide Circulars issued time to time

Apart from this, various safety precautions also form a part of the SOP. All persons entering the Court premises shall compulsorily wear face mask covering the nose and mouth (including at the time of arguments or giving evidence) and shall also observe social/physical distancing norms as set out time to time by the High Court, Central Government and State Government regarding precautions to be taken to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

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