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NGT To Continue Hearing Via Video Conferencing Post Lockdown; Issues Instructions [Read Office Order]

Akshita Saxena
28 April 2020 6:35 AM GMT
NGT To Continue Hearing Via Video Conferencing Post Lockdown; Issues Instructions [Read Office Order]
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The National Green Tribunal has intimated that until the threat of COVID-19 pandemic subsides, judicial work at the Tribunal will be conducted only by Video Conferencing, without physical presence/appearance of parties or their counsel, even after expiry of the lockdown period.

Entry to the NGT complex will be restricted only to its staff.

In an Office Order issued by the NGT that will come into effect from May 4, the NGT has notified the following procedure for filing and Video Conferencing:

  • Only online filing (e-filing) of cases is allowed and no physical filing is permitted.
  • The parties/ lawyers may request for listing or adjournment of their cases or make urgent mentioning, by sending an email in advance to [email protected] All communication with NGT qua listing of cases, filing of documents/reports, filing of written submissions / synopsis / audio of oral submissions (if any) etc. shall be done only through this email ID.
  • For VC hearings, NGT shall be using "Vidyo" App. If request for personal hearing through VC is permitted by the Bench, the time and link with one-time password for VC hearing shall be shared with the parties by the Office.
  • The lawyers/ litigants desirous of participating personally in VC hearings are required to send request at the above email ID in advance, giving their names, case title, case number, date of hearing, email IDs, mobile numbers, etc.

Further, in consonance with the Govt order dated April 15, requiring 100% attendance of the officers of level of Deputy Secretary and above and upto 33% attendance of remaining staff, the Tribunal has decided:

With effect from May 4, the Chairperson, the Members and the officers of the Tribunal (Deputy Registrars and above) will attend the Office with 100% attendance, while the remaining staff upto 33% strength shall physically attend the Office.

All those present in the Tribunal premises will strictly comply with the social distancing norms, as already notified by the Govenrment.

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