The High Courts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have issued circulars to restrict functioning to hear only urgent matters, in light of the COVID-19 scare.
The Andhra Pradesh High Court has decided that with immediate effect, all pending cases, except bail applications and petitions seeking suspension of sentence, will be heard only in case of urgency for next two weeks.
In cases where any interim order is about to get expired, the high court has ordered that the Advocates concerned may make a mention to the Registrar, who will take apposite steps for extension of the same.
Further, only those new filings that are accompanied with an application for urgent hearing will be listed. The urgency as stated in the application will be decided by the Court itself.
Additionally, the following instructions have been issued, in line with the government advisories and steps taken by other high courts:
The Telanagana High Court has issued similar detailed instructions to be followed at all District and other subordinate courts in the state, to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trial, except in urgent matters, such as bail applications, temporary injunction applications, remand matters, etc., will remain postponed in all subordinate courts for three weeks. Further, the following instructions will remain in force till further orders: