With a view to enforce social distancing and limit overcrowding, the Gujarat High Court has introduced e-filing and video-conferencing for arguments.
A circular in that regard issued on Sunday evening said :
"No fresh filing in physical form will be accepted from Monday, 23rd March, 2020. However, the matters which have already been presented in the Registry, and in which mention for urgency is accepted during this crisis period, no soft copy would be required. The arguments thereof, however, will be through video conferencing only".
Further, it said :
"This will curtail the movement of judges, lawyers, staff of the High Court as also the staff ofthe lawyers and the litigants. The Honourable Judges will work from their respective chambers whereas others will be able to work from home or their office"
One Division Bench for all civil & criminal matters and one Single Judge Bench for all civil & criminal matters would be nominated by the Chief Justice for the said purpose.
Matters where judgment is to be pronounced, would be notified through SMS & Email to the respective lawyers appearing in the matters and a link of Zoom Cloud Meeting would be sent indicating the time also so that respective lawyers may get connected and hear the pronouncement.
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