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SC Notifies Revised Timings For Opening Of Lawyers' Chambers Between 9:30 AM To 5:00 PM [Read Circular]

9 Aug 2020 3:48 PM GMT
SC Notifies Revised Timings For Opening Of Lawyers Chambers Between 9:30 AM To 5:00 PM [Read Circular]
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The Supreme Court has extended the number of hours for opening of Lawyers' Chamber Blocks, after receiving several requests from the Advocates.

The Competent Authority has intimated that the Lawyers' Chambers will now be opened from 09:30 AM to 05:00 PM (Monday to Friday, except holidays) instead of 10 AM to 4 PM.

It is clarified however that all other terms of the previous Circular, dated May 21, 2020, shall remain the same. The guidelines read as under:

  • The Lawyers Chamber Blocks shall have entry only for Learned Members and their staff (on production of Proximity Card or Letter of Authority), who would submit themselves to thermal-screening and duly fill up selfdeclaration Forms/Daily Registers (containing contact-tracing details), both to be arranged jointly by SCBA & SCAORA, and the SCS shall refuse entry into any Block on non-compliance of this condition; further the SCBA/SCAORA staff shall forward copies of the self-declaration forms/ Daily Registers of each Block to the Registry at the earliest, but not later than the end of office hours on the following working day;
  • Entrants who are found symptomatic during the thermal screening shall be denied entry into the Blocks;
  • Entrants not wearing mask(s) shall be denied entry into the Blocks;
  • To avoid over-crowding inside the Lawyers Chamber Blocks, in terms of the prescribed social-distancing norms, the SCBA and SCAORA may jointly prepare and circulate plan detailing the 'Odd-Even' Chamber Numbers of every Block, which would alternately open on Weekdays (Monday to Saturday) indicating therein the maximum number of persons who may access any Chamber at any point of time;
  • It would be mandatory to use stairs while coming downstairs;
  • There will be a single-entry point to every Block fitted with hand-sanitizer machine provided by the Registry, and manned by the SCBA/SCAORA authorized personnel and SCS staff;
  • The SCBA/SCAORA may inform the Members and their staff that operation of air-conditioning machines in Chambers may raise health-concerns in the prevalent pandemic-situation.

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