The Gauhati High Court Bar Association on Thursday wrote to the HC Chief Justice, urging him to "abolish" Virtual courts and to re-open the court premises to enable physical hearings in the state, from June 1, 2020.
The request has been made pursuant to a resolution passed by the HCBA in an Executive Committee Meeting held on May 26, 2020.
As per the said resolution,
"Litigants were unable to get Justice through Virtual Courts in the Gauhati High Court."
Thus, the Association has requested Chief Justice Ajai Lamba to restore Physical Courts with effect from June 1, 2020, by abolishing the Virtual Courts.
The Resolution passed to this effect states that even the Government Offices in the state of Assam have re-opened with 100% attendance from May 26 onwards. Therefore, the Chief Justice may be requested to restore the Physical Courts in restricted manner, with due compliance of all the safety norms.
The Association has suggested that the Advocates, who are above the age of 65 years, may be allowed to continue to argue their cases via Video Conferencing. Further, the Executive Committee also resolved that all the new motion cases should be listed in its usual course as before.
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