The Karnataka High court has decided to on trial basis allow the physical filing of new cases in trial court across Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural, Bidar, Chikkamagaluru, Dharwad, D.K.Mangaluru, Kolar, Kodagu-Madikeri, Gadag, Haveri, Mandya, Mysuru, Tumkuru, Udupi and Yadgiri Districts on 20th, 21st and 22nd of May 2020 from 11.00 a.m to 1.00 p.m.
Apart from the physical filing of new cases, filing of caveat petitions, statement of objections, vakalathnama and interim applications in pending matters is also permitted during these three days.
The Advocates/parties-in-person/Advocates' clerks who wish to file the matters on the aforesaid dates will have to apply for seeking appointment of the date and time for physical filing of the matters by specifying the matters to be filed by them in the respective Districts. The applications with regard to these Districts shall be made on e-mail ID as may be notified in the official websites of the concerned District Courts.
The Advocates/parties-in-person/Advocates' clerks will be communicated the date, time, and counter number by sending a reply for filing of the matters on the same e-mail ID from which requests are received. The entry will be given to the Court precincts in the concerned District and Taluka Courts in the specified areas, provided the Advocates/parties-in-person/Advocates' clerks show a printed copy of an e-mail received fixing the date of appointment or a soft copy thereof is shown to the security personnel.
The Advocates/parties-in-person/Advocates' clerks entering the Court precincts will have to undergo medical screening and only those who asymptomatic will be allowed entry.
The Advocates/parties-in-person/Advocates' clerks are requested to reach the Court precincts ten minutes before the scheduled time of appointment.
Social distancing shall be maintained while standing in the queue. Needless to add that no person will be allowed to enter in the Court precincts without wearing a mask.
A separate Counter will be provided in the same venue for serving the advance copy to the office of the Government Advocates/Pleaders and Public Prosecutors/Asst. Public Prosecutors.
On accepting the filing, an acknowledgment will be issued on the office copy of the presentation form filed in duplicate. FR number and further steps to be taken for rectification of objection etc shall be communicated at the e-mail address/cell phone number mentioned on the presentation form and will also be web-hosted on the official website of the District Courts.
At a time Advocates/parties-in-person/Advocates' clerks can file 5 matters. If any urgency for hearing is involved in the matters which may be filed on these three days, the memo will have to be moved for fixing the date by following the procedure set out in Notification dated 30th April 2020 in respect of Principal Bench of the High Court which is already published in the official website of the High Court.
The Advocates/parties-in-person/Advocates' clerks who are allowed entry in the precincts of the Court shall strictly follow the norms of safety such as maintaining social distancing, wearing masks, etc. After the filing is completed, Advocates/parties-in-person/Advocates' clerks are requested immediately leave the Court precincts and they will not be allowed to enter the Court building. The aforesaid arrangement is made on the trial basis and the same is liable to be cancelled in the event it is found that the Advocates/parties-in-person/Advocates' clerks are not following the safety norms of wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.
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