Normal sitting of high court, district courts suspended amid lockdown till June 17

The Manipur High Court notified that urgent matters will be taken up through video conferencing facility.

The Manipur High Court has notified that normal sitting of the high court and all district courts of Manipur will remain suspended till June 17, considering the extension of the ongoing lockdown as declared by Central government. However, the courts will work up till 1 pm during this period.

A noticed issued through registrar general of Manipur High Court on Tuesday stated that urgent matters will be taken up through video conferencing facility. In case video conferencing is not possible due to any reason, physical court may be conducted by maintaining strict COVID-19 protocol and social distancing.

For the High Court, filing of fresh matters will be accepted through email only and hard copy may be submitted to the Registry later on. As far as practicable, cases received up till 1 pm will be listed on the next working day, it said. For filing of other matters and hearing thereof, permission of the senior most judge shall be required. Fresh cases and applications may be submitted to email id hcmefiling@gmail.com, it added.

For all district courts, all motion matters will be listed before the High Court and the District Courts/Tribunals and will be distributed equally amongst Judges for the High Court and Judges of the District Courts/Tribunals, the notice mentioned. For urgent pending cases, the same may be taken up with the permission of available senior most judge/ presiding officer, it said.

In case any of the advocates are required to enter court complexes for any purpose, they should maintain strict social distancing and other COVID-19 protocol. No litigants and other officials will be permitted to enter court premises without prior permission of the Court, it said.

The notice mentioned that District Courts/Tribunals may take up pending cases which are time bound trials subject to strict specially directed and adherence to COVID-19 protocol. District judges and presiding officers may work out modalities for proper functioning of their respective Courts in consultation with bar and other stake holders, it said.

Wearing of mask is compulsory in all Court complexes of Manipur at all time with maintenance and adherence to strict COVID-19 protocol. From the period from June 3 to June 17, lawyers can attend court and court related works without curfew pass between 5.00 am to 2.00 pm. However, they should be in advocate's uniform and hold valid identity card issued by the Bar Council of
Manipur/Bar Association, the notice said.

In view of imposition of curfew in Imphal city and district headquarters, lawyers are permitted to use curfew pass in relation to their chamber works from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm, the notice mentioned.  Advocates who are attending remand proceedings may go to the concerned court or Judge's residence provided they are in advocate's uniform and on production of valid identity card issued by the Bar Council of Manipur/Bar Association, it said.  

On request by the security personnel, they shall give details such as name of the Judge/Court before whom the accused is to be produced, the nature of offence, name of the accused and etc., it added. 

The notice further mentioned that law enforcement agency/district administration is requested to abide by the directions issued by the High Court in this regard.

 Normal training programmes of Manipur Judicial Academy which require physical attendance, shall remain suspended till June 17. However, online training programmes shall be continued during lockdown period. Normal programmes of Manipur State Legal Services Authority shall be suspended during this period except urgent legal aid matters and functioning of 'Front Offices' of legal services authorities, it said.

As per the notice, the matters which are already fixed up to June 17 will be adjourned en-bloc to subsequent dates and information in this regards shall be uploaded on the website of the district court and pasted on notice board.

The noticed also mentioned that in view of suspension of regular court work till June 17, it shall be treated as closure within the meaning of explanation appended to section 4 of the limitation act, 1963.

 

First Published:June 2, 2020, 10:02 p.m.