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COVID-19: Punjab & Haryana HC Restricts Functioning To Hear Urgent Cases; Adjournment Date To Be Communicated Via SMS [Read Notice]

16 March 2020 2:08 PM GMT
COVID-19: Punjab & Haryana HC Restricts Functioning To Hear Urgent Cases; Adjournment Date To Be Communicated Via SMS [Read Notice]
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The Administrative Committee of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday took certain crucial decisions to restrict the functioning of the high court in order to minimize physical contact, in a bid to curb COVID-19 pandemic.

Pursuant to a meeting with Advocates General of Punjab and Haryana, President and Secretary of the HCBA, Chairman and Secretary of the HC Bar Council, President of Senior Advocates' Association, Assistant Solicitor General of India and Senior Standing Counsel of the UT of Chandigarh, the Committee resolved that:

  • All ordinary/regular list cases will be adjourned. The adjourned date will be communicated to the stakeholders through SMS on the registered Mobile Number of the counsels. In case of urgency, the matter will be listed only by mentioning;
  • In case of urgency in ordinary list mentioning will be made before the respective Bench and accordingly case will be posted in urgent on next day or thereafter. However, in case of the States/U. T./Union of India an advance notice of mentioning has to be made by the counsel to the respective representative of the State/U. T./Government of India;
  • Bail/suspension of bail matters will be adjourned for short dates preferably within two to three weeks. All anticipatory bails/Habeas Corpus/Protection Matters will be listed as per the prevalent filing system. All other fresh Criminal Matters/ Civil Matters will be listed by mentioning only;
  • Gate Pass for the litigants will be permitted only where there is an order of personal appearance and entry to the High Court Premises will be restricted to Gate No. 1 and 2 only, subject to compulsory thermal screening;
  • Bar Rooms and canteens will remain closed till further orders;
  • Medication and Conciliation Centre and Lok Adalat shall also remain closed

The Committee has also asked all the Advocates to avoid overcrowding and to opt for e-filing, unless unavoidable.

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