There seems to be a hope that Uttarakhand High Court is preparing to switch from virtual hearings to normal court proceedings from Monday onwards, making sure that the health protocols for the Covid-19 are in place.
Earlier, the High Court Registrar had sent a letter to the Bar Association informing them about the decision to re-open the Court for physical hearings in January. The officials said that thermal screening and masks would be mandatory for those entering the court.
The advocates practising in the High Court said that the move from virtual to normal court proceedings would help them argue their case in detail and eliminate hurdles posed by internet connectivity issues.
The High Court Bar Association Secretary, Jaywardhan Kandpal said,
“Though the online hearing was necessary to keep courts running during the pandemic, most of the advocates have welcomed the decision as it is difficult otherwise. Lawyers have been demanding this for long and it’s good that the court has finally decided on it.”
Advocate Kartikey Hari Gupta said,
“Uttarakhand high court is one of the few courts in the country to start physical hearings. Even though there are risks, advocates are willing to take a chance as online hearings can’t yet replace normal judicial proceedings.”
A farewell was organized by the Uttarakhand State Legal Services Authority, on Sunday, for the outgoing acting Chief Justice Ravi Malimath. While speaking on the occasion, CJ Ravi Malimath commented,
“The legal fraternity should ensure justice to the last man standing.”
The newly-appointed Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court Justice RS Chauhan is likely to assume office on January 6. Governor Baby Rani Maurya would administer the oath of office and secrecy to Justice Chauhan in Dehradun.
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