Keeping in view the projections on account of Corona Virus (Covid-19) Infection, the prohibitions and impact thereof, the Full Court of the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir has decided to contribute a certain amount for the welfare of the affected persons.
In the meeting it was resolved that the Chief Justice and all Judges of the High Court may contribute Rs. 25,000/- each. Similarly, judges in the subordinate judiciary as well as all the Gazetted officers and Non-gazetted staff of the High Court and the Subordinate Courts may also contribute a certain fixed amount.
Inter alia, it has been directed that the filing counter of both wings of the High Court will remain closed for filing of all ordinary matters and the limitation period for all cases expiring during such period will be deemed as expiring on the date of resumption of filing.
Mentioning of an urgent case however may be made telephonically, by providing the requisite details. Further, the counsels should send an Urgency Memo through e-mail to the concerned Registrar Judicial by 3.00 pm, a day prior to the date of listing. The case shall then be heard through video conferencing, upon satisfaction about the urgency.
However, it has been clarified that in the event of Video Conferencing facility not being available, and in case of exceptional urgency, remote hearing of the cases may be conducted using Video Call facility. A Request for Video Call must be accompanied by a Photograph of Party and the Lawyer and the call will be initiated, terminated and controlled at the High Court end only. To this end, it has been directed:
The High Court has also decided that the court staff will function in batches of minimal staff on rotation basis and all the training programmes at the State Judicial Academy will remain suspended till March 31.
Similar directions have also been issued to all the subordinate courts for listing or urgent cases and video conferencing/ calling. Additionally, following two special directions have been passed for all civil cases: