Press Reporter News Service
Chandigarh, September 30
Practically 18 months after the Punjab and Haryana Excessive Court docket shifted to digital mode of listening to circumstances following Covid outbreak, on Thursday it inched nearer to regular functioning with the Chief Justice making it clear that 50 per cent of the Benches would hear the circumstances “bodily” from Monday.
An order issued on behalf of Chief Justice Ravi Shanker Jha by Registrar-Basic Sanjiv Berry indicated that 19 Benches would “maintain the court docket by means of bodily listening to”.
In all, 39 Benches, comprising 45 judges, are at present holding court docket by means of videoconferencing and bodily mode. As of now, 12 Benches are listening to circumstances bodily.
The excessive court docket had shifted to digital mode of listening to in March finish final yr. Restricted bodily listening to was ordered to be resumed from February 8, nevertheless it needed to be suspended because the second wave took in its grip excessive court docket judges, judicial officers within the subordinate judiciary, advocates, and the employees.
The excessive court docket was compelled to return to restrictive performing from April 19. However all Benches saved on functioning by means of the digital mode.
Following a “huge surge” in circumstances, the functioning needed to be restricted farther from April 28. However all Benches resumed functioning by means of the digital mode from July 28 with the discount within the severity of the second wave.
Amidst apprehensions of Covid third wave, the excessive court docket determined to partially resume bodily listening to of circumstances from September 6, with two Division Benches and 10 Single Benches designated for listening to of circumstances by means of the bodily mode.
The excessive court docket at the moment made it clear that 4 Single Benches would take up writ petitions and civil issues, whereas six would take up legal issues. At present, greater than 2,000 circumstances are being listed for listening to.
Punjab and Haryana Excessive Court docket Bar president GDS Dhillon stated the advocates had since lengthy been demanding the resumption of bodily listening to of circumstances and the choice to extend the variety of Benches to 50 per cent of the whole would expedite to a big extent the listening to of issues.