Orissa High Court Suspends Summer Vacation of Courts if Lockdown Does Not Extend beyond 3rd May 2020

In view of Covid-19 outbreak and the subsequent lockdown, the Orissa High Court has cancelled the ensuing summer vacation of Courts in Odisha this year.

“In view of exigencies caused by Pandemic Covid-19 and declaration of Lockdown in the State of Odisha the Hon’ble Court after due consultation with the Advocate General, Odisha and the President, Vice-President and the Secretary of the Orissa High Court Bar Association, have been pleased to suspend the ensuing summer vacation, 2020 of the Orissa High Court, if the lockdown is not extended beyond 3rd May 2020”,

said an order issued by the Orissa High Court Registrar (Judicial) for Courts functioning in the State.

In another notification, it has also stated that the ensuing summer vacation of the sub-ordinate Courts in the State will also be suspended if the lockdown is not extended beyond May 3.

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The Orissa High Court on Tuesday decided to suspend its summer vacation, slated from May 18 to June 16, to make up for the loss of working hours due to Novel Corona Virus lockdown. The High Court also cancelled the summer break of Subordinate Courts. The decision was taken by full Court of Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and 12 other judges.

The other High Courts of Bombay, Madras, Karnataka, Delhi and Telangana have also decided the same as above.

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The aforesaid High Courts have resolved that there shall be no summer vacation for High Courts and all other District Courts and Trial Courts. The Courts also said that hearing of urgent matters will be conducted via video conferencing. Necessary instructions will be issued to the Advocates/ Parties-in-person when hearing of the urgent matter is permitted.


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