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Breaking: Delhi HC Cancels Summer Break Due To Time Lost In Light of COVID19, Will Remain Functional In June

Karan Tripathi
9 April 2020 8:55 AM GMT
Breaking: Delhi HC Cancels Summer Break Due To Time Lost In Light of COVID19, Will Remain Functional In June
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In light of the inconvenience caused to the litigants due to the restrictive functioning of the court, the Delhi High Court has decided to cancel its summer break. As per the resolution passed by the court today, both the Delhi High Court as well as the subordinate courts will remain operational in the entire month of June. The decision has been taken unanimously by all the...

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In light of the inconvenience caused to the litigants due to the restrictive functioning of the court, the Delhi High Court has decided to cancel its summer break.

As per the resolution passed by the court today, both the Delhi High Court as well as the subordinate courts will remain operational in the entire month of June.

The decision has been taken unanimously by all the judges of the High Court, after taking the plight of the litigants into consideration. The court was cognizant of the difficulties faced by the litigants due to the nationwide lockdown, ordered to contain the spread of COVID19.

This has been done to make up for the loss of court working hours and to ensure restoration of normalcy in the functioning of the courts at the earliest.

As of now, the court has only been hearing extremely urgent matters through video conferencing.

The relevant part of the Full Court resolution reads:

"Since during the period of suspension of work, the hearing is limited to the matters of extremely urgent nature or urgent nature, there is negligible fresh filing of cases, lesser disposal and corresponding escalation in arrears, resulting in extreme hardship to litigants.

In view of the severe hardship faced by the litigants due to the prevailing pandemic of COVID-19 that has impaired the functioning of the courts, it has been unanimously resolved by the Full Court that to make up for the loss of court working hours and to ensure restoration of normalcy in the functioning of the courts at the earliest, in modification of the resolution of the Full Court dated 16.09.2019, declaring the period of the Summer vacations for this Court and the Courts subordinate thereto in the month of June 2020, this Court and courts subordinate thereto shall continue functioning during the entire month of June i.e. from 01.06.2020 to 30.06.2020. It is hoped and expected that members of the Bar shall extend their full cooperation in making the functioning of the courts meaningful and purposeful during the month of June 2020."

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