The Karnataka High Court has directed that the City Civil Courts, Small Cause Courts, Rural Courts, Family Courts, Labour Courts and Industrial Tribunals, working in Bengaluru City, shall function from 11 am to 2 pm only, from today.
As per the directions of the Chief Justice of The High Court, in wake of the spread of Covid-19, these courts will take up only very urgent matters and bail petitions. The Court offices shall be closed by 3.00 pm for litigants and Members of Bar and entry into the Court precincts shall be barred after the said time. The filing and other counters will be open only between 11 am and 2.30 pm.
All the Magistrates' Courts working in Bengaluru City shall function from 11 am to 3 pm only and take up only urgent and bail matters. The Court offices shall be closed by 4.00 pm for litigants and Members of Bar and entry into the Court precincts shall be barred after the said time. The filing and other counters will be open only between 11 am and 3.30 pm. Beyond the said time, only exceptionally urgent matters will be taken up by the concerned Courts.
All regular and routine cases will be adjourned without seeking presence of the members of the Bar and the litigants/accused and dates will be assigned in the beginning of the day itself. The recording of evidence and final hearing matters shall be postponed for the time being.
The entry of litigants and visitors to the precincts of all Court precincts in the City of Bengaluru will be restricted.
Member of the Bar, staff of the Courts,government and local authority officers/officials visiting the Courts for official work, police and security forces will be allowed to enter the precincts of the said Courts. The litigants will be allowed entry into the aforesaid Court precincts only if they produce a certificate issued by their respective Advocates on their letterheads indicating that the presence of the litigant in the Court precincts concerned is mandatory on that particular day. In the certificate, the members of the Bar shall mention brief reasons for permitting entry of their clients to the Court precincts. It is clarified that the members of electronic and print media, who are holding identity cards, and Advocates'clerks/staff holding identity cards or authorization of Advocates on letterhead will be allowed entry.
Those litigants who are appearing in person or who intend to appear in person will have to tender an application in writing at the entry/checking points of the Courts concerned giving the particulars of the case in which they want to appear in person. In the event they want to enter the Court precincts for filing of a case or for filing statement of objections/applications etc., necessary details of the case be set out in theapplication. After scrutiny of such applications, a decision will be taken by the officials of the Courts concerned for allowing entry to such litigants.
The members of the Bar who have symptoms such as running nose, cough and fever etc., should avoid entering the precincts of the Courts.
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