Rajasthan HC to Have Restricted Functioning Till May 3

Team SoOLEGAL 16 Apr 2020 3:19pm

Rajasthan HC to Have Restricted Functioning Till May 3

In view of the extension of the nationwide lockdown, the Rajasthan High Court has agreed to continue restricted functioning. The court has issued a fresh circular that supersedes all previous directions for the High Court, subordinate courts and tribunals about the restricted functioning of the courts which shall remain in force till 3 May.

The following directions have been given for the High Court:

  1. Only highly urgent cases will be heard.
  2. These benches will operate from 11 am to 1 pm. 
  3. Only those Honorable Judges who have been assigned roster for urgent work, are required to come to court.
  4. On request from learned advocates, urgent cases will be listed by the Registrar by submitting 'request slips' in a specified format after intimating the opposing counsel, if any, between 10.30 am to 12.00 noon.
  5. Request slips for urgent listing shall only be considered if the applicant's mobile number and email address are mentioned.
  6. Only one lawyer or his clerk or litigant in person shall be allowed to file a petition/applications/pleadings/papers etc. at the filing counters.
  7. The lawyers are free to submit the notes of arguments through email. The arguments can also be advanced by video conferencing on the application 'Jitsi Meet.'
  8. The Advocates/Party-in-Person whose cases are listed will remain ready with their aforementioned WhatsApp Mobile Phone during the period when Hon'ble Bench(s) would hold sitting.

A separate circular has been released for the Subordinate Courts and Tribunals which states that only urgent matters are concerned and all other matters have been adjourned appropriately subject to further directions:

  1. Bail Applications, Appeals under Special Acts regarding bails 
  2. Remand matters 
  3. Injunction/ stay Applications 
  4. Supurdari Applications
  5. Statements under Section 164 Code of Criminal Procedure,1973 including the dying declaration
  6. Any other extremely urgent matter to be decided by the concerned residing Officer deputed by the District Judge for hearing urgent matters

The extremely urgent matters shall be taken up through video conference by Video/WhatsApp/Skype or voice call or any other convenient mode. Common dates shall be given in matters of no urgency, which shall be published on the official website of each judgment.

The presiding officers assigned for urgent work shall hold court between 02.00 pm to 04.00 pm only.

Tagged: Rajasthan HC   lockdown   High Court   3 May   Criminal Procedure   District Judge  
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