The Orissa High Court on Friday (02nd October) issued a notice/order stating that the normal functioning of the High Court shall continue to remain suspended till 20.11.2020 (Friday).
Notably, this decision to continue with its present mode of limited functioning was taken pursuant to the resolution of the Full Court to this effect.
The functioning of the Subordinate Courts/Tribunals shall continue as per the arrangement made in the office order dated 21.08.2020 until further orders.
Further, the order states that the High Courts and its offices as well as the Subordinate Courts/Tribunals and their offices in the state of Orissa shall remain closed on all working Saturdays in the month of October 2020.
It may be noted that recently the Telangana High Court extended the operation of interim orders passed by this Court, as well as by the District and other Subordinate Courts till November 06, 2020.
Taking suo-moto cognizance of the prevailing extraordinary circumstances, the Full bench of the Telangana High Court issued the said order dated 30th September to extend interim orders passed by the High Court till November 06, 2020. Earlier, the bench had extended its interim orders till October 01.
Also, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday in view of Covid-19 situation in Maharashtra extended the operation of interim orders passed by the High Court and its subordinate courts in Maharashtra and Goa till October 31. Previously, the Court had extended all interim orders on August 31 to September 30.
The Delhi High Court has also decided to continue with the current hybrid model of both physical and virtual hearings. The court has decided to extend the restrictive functioning till October 08 in light of the ongoing COVID19 pandemic.
Further, the Karnataka High Court has further extended the operation of all interim orders passed by it or the subordinate courts and Tribunals, that are due to expire within a span of one month, till November 29th 2020.
Significantly, addressing a letter to the Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court, the Bar Council of Punjab & Haryana on Friday (02nd October) requested the CJ to at least start physical hearing in 50% courts simultaneously with virtual hearing.
Notably, while hearing the matter [In Re Functioning of Courts in Bihar during the period of COVID-19, Pandemic] the Patna High Court on Wednesday (30th September) decided the parameters for e-filing, physical filing, listing and hearing in consonance with all the stakeholders
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