High Court Don't insist on physical presence of parties: Delhi HC...

Don’t insist on physical presence of parties: Delhi HC to Courts


New Delhi, Mar 15 (ILNS) Taking in consideration the increasing number of Novel Coronavirus cases again in the national capital, the Delhi High Court has issued an Advisory to the Delhi District Courts, telling them not to insist on the presence of the parties, unless it was unavoidable.

According to the Advisory issued by Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court DN Patel and other Judges, all the District & Sessions Judges and Principal Judges, Family Courts should take appropriate measures to regulate the entry of the litigants and the general public in the Court Complex to avoid crowding.

It further ordered the Courts to procure Thermal Scanners (non-touch) and train the handlers, so that they be put to use at the existing check points.

The Advisory said till the present situation persists, no adverse/default orders should be passed in the matters, where parties are found to be absent. The facility of video-conferencing should be put to optimum use for the purpose of recording of evidence. Instead of physical production of undertrial prisoners (UTPs) from jails, facility of video-conferencing be availed of, it added.

The Court said all the District and Sessions Judges should ensure that sanitizers are available in their respective districts, for the visitors as well as the staff, particularly those manning windows, where there is constant public dealing. The housekeeping agency/staff should be maintained the highest level of hygiene in the court complex and make sure that disinfectants are sprayed on a regular basis, it added.

The High Court instructed that the President and the General Secretary of the respective District Court Bar Association may issue necessary directions in order to ensure that there is no crowding in the Court complex, including the lawyers and chambers. The Bar would also ensure that interns are not permitted in the Court complex till the present situation persists.

Election will not held till further order and the mediation proceedings will be held only in cases of urgent nature, the High Court directed. ILNS/SNG/JR


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