Kolkata, Apr 14 (ILNS) The Calcutta High Court will hold hearings only through virtual mode from today, till further orders, at the principal seat in Kolkata and at Circuit Benches of Jalpaiguri and Port Blair.
According to a notification issued by Registrar General of Calcutta HC Prasenjit Biswas yesterday, the High Court, on the recommendations of its COVID Committee, modified the earlier notification dated April 8, 2021, wherein a decision was taken to hold hearings via hybrid mode, till April 30.
The directions, which will be effective from April 16, 2021 until further orders, include:
(1) All Court proceedings shall be in the virtual mode only. It shall be the option of the Judge concerned, if Court proceedings are to be done from the Court or from His Lordship’s chamber.
(2) Court timings shall be from 1030 hrs to 1315 hrs and from 1400 hrs to 1500 hrs.
(3) All new filings should be accompanied by a brief list of dates, synopsis of the case with a copy of the decision or action, not exceeding two pages. The PP and APPs shall furnish synopsis of the case diary to the ACO through the PP office for placing before the Court. In case the Bench concerned requires physical production of case diary, the PP may be directed to do the needful.
(4) The Registrar General/Registrar (Original Side) shall regulate staff attendance by rotation, so that there is not more than 60 percent attendance on any day. The Registrar shall ensure that in this rotational system entire staff is assigned duties on rotational basis.
(5) The Government shall be requested to complete the vaccination drive of the employees of the Court at the earliest. Matter for vaccination of the staff shall also be taken up with the local administration on priority basis.
(6) All other notifications in force not contrary to the above shall remain in force.
(7) All the District Judges in the State shall regulate functioning of the Courts on virtual or hybrid mode, regulating the attendance of the staff and the presence of the lawyers in such a way, so as to take all precautions on account of increase in Covid cases. ILNS/AP/SNG/RJ