In view of the litigants' inability to access courts due to the nation-wide lockdown imposed on Tuesday-midnight, the Calcutta High Court has issued a notification stating that court proceeding of extremely urgent matters may be conducted via video-conferencing, through Skype conference call.
The notification issued by the Registrar General in this behalf details the procedure to be followed by the concerned Advocates/ parties, both for mentioning the matter for urgent listing and for filings to be made before the court, once normalcy is restored.
The litigants have been instructed to send scanned copies of their petitions/ applications through email to the Registry, for urgent mentioning only. Such petitions/ applications will be accompanied by an application stating the extreme urgency for hearing and an undertaking, stating that the deficit court fees will be paid upon restoration of normalcy.
The matter will then be listed, subject to satisfaction of the presiding judge regarding urgency of the matter.
Further, all the litigants/ Advocates have been advised not to avail of the video conferencing facility at the High Court premises, unless unavoidable, in order to effectively observe social distancing.
The notification states,
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