It has been decided by the Delhi High Court that from Friday, it will take up “urgent matters” via video conferencing.
The High Court and the Lower Courts together have taken up 20,726 during the Covid-19 related lockdown from March 24 to May 19.
A notice issued by the office of High Court Registrar General Manoj Jain said, “ All the division benches and all the single- judge benches will take up urgent matters of all kinds through video conferencing during the suspended functioning of the court with effect from May 22, 2020. All such benches will sit daily on all the working days.”
Up till now, the urgent matters were bring taken by ten single-judge benches and two-division benches while the judges of these benches sat on a rotating basis.
Presently, in the High Court, there are seven division benches and 19 single-judge benches.
The note further added that the matters which are at the stage of final argument and in which consent has been received from both the parties agreeing for the disposal of case on the basis of written submissions alone will be taken up by the roster benches.
The existing procedure of mentioning of urgent matters via a web link before the joint registrar concerned will be continued till further orders.
Roster benches are the seven division benches and 19 single-judge benches as each of them deals with the cases of specific categories(rosters) which is decided by the Chief Justice.
The note also mentioned that the non-urgent matters will be taken up by the roster benches after the resumption of normal hearings.
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