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Lockdown 3: Orissa HC & Subordinate Courts To Continue Restrictive Functioning Till May 17 [Read Office Order]

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3 May 2020 12:10 PM GMT
Lockdown 3: Orissa HC & Subordinate Courts To Continue Restrictive Functioning Till May 17 [Read Office Order]
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In view of extension of the lockdown period, the Orissa High Court has intimated that normal working of the High Court as well as the courts subordinate to it will further remain suspended till May 17.

During this period, the High Court will function on all five working days of the week with one Division Bench each on Tuesday and Thursday and five Single Benches on each working day w.e.f. May 4 till May 15.

Further, the Judges sitting in the Division Bench will also hold Single Benches after completion of the work of the Division Bench.

Filing

The Filing Counters at the High Court will continue to be opened from 10.30 A.M. to 1.00 P.M. on all working days during the above period. However, persons/Advocates coming to the Filing Counters will observe all social distancing norms.

The High Court has directed the Superintendents of all Sections of the Court to make roster arrangement of the staff ensuring 50% attendance in their respective Sections during above period for smooth functioning.

Subordinate Courts

With regard to the subordinate courts it has been announced that:

  • Subordinate Courts and their offices falling in the "Red Zone" shall function only for one hour as per the directions already issued, to take up Criminal and Civil matters of extremely urgent nature;
  • Subordinate courts and their offices falling in the "Orange Zone" shall function for two hours i.e. from 9.00 AM to 11.00 AM, except the courts and their offices in Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Chatrapur, Koraput (Sadar) and Puri (Sadar), where there is no morning sitting, which shall function from 11.00 AM to 1.00 PM;
  • Subordinate courts and their offices falling in the "Green Zone" shall, starting from usual official hours, function up to the lunch break for two and half hours.

It has been clarified that in case any Court premises comes within the containment area declared by the State Government, the concerned District Judge will have the power to shut down the court for the containment period under intimation to the High Court.

Further, instructions have been issued with regard to safety measures to be taken by the officers and staff in the courts. 

In related news, the High Courts of Delhi and Madhya Pradesh have also announced that it will continue restrictive functioning till May 17.


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