Restricted functioning of Punjab and Haryana High Court: No regular hearings in the month of July

Team SoOLEGAL 29 Jun 2020 4:20pm

Restricted functioning of Punjab and Haryana High Court: No regular hearings in the month of July

In July, The High Court of Haryana and Punjab will only hear certain categories of cases which require urgent attention. Since last week of March,the High Court has been unable to hear ordinary and non-urgent cases due to the situation arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently, the Court is only hearing the cases that require urgent action. The cases are only listed for hearing after a reference has been made on the high court's website, with the exception of some types, such as bail applications, a waiver of sentence proceedings, habeas corpus and security petitions.

The court said that the cases listed between 29th June and 31st July has been adjourned for hearing between 4th August and 30th October.

The Court through an order passed on Friday i.e. 26th June 2020, has stated, “Considering the prevailing situation due to the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the states of Punjab, Haryana and UT Chandigarh and with a view to ensure the safety of the Hon’ble Judges, Staff and litigants”

Previously, many lawyers have stated that they are not familiar with the computer softwares and are finding it difficult to represent their client through video conferencing and they have also contended that video conferencing can sometimes hamper justice. Nevertheless, the decision regarding restricted functioning was taken with keeping safety of lawyers, judges and various other people involved in the system.

Tagged: Punjab and Haryana High Court   COVID-19   pandemic   video conferencing   Noregular hearings  
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