GUWAHATI: The Gauhati high court has asked the District and Sessions Judges and the MACT, family courts, CBI court etc. in the state of Assam to resume limited physical court functioning on an experimental basis from Monday.
In the latest order, the high court has directed the respective district and sessions judges and the presiding officers to ensure the installation of satisfactory protective measures in the concerned courtrooms before resuming limited physical court.
Bail petitions, criminal revision, criminal appeals, civil appeals, cross-examination of witnesses before Advocate Commissioner by maintaining Covid-19 protocols, cases at the stage of argument, etc were allowed to be conducted from Monday in the court premises.
“Further, the concerned district and session’s judges, presiding officers may hear/take up any other item, not included above, which is deemed to be of utmost importance and urgency. The District & Sessions Judges and the Presiding Officers shall submit a report as to the desirability of continuing with this arrangement. The aforesaid arrangement will be reviewed in the 2nd week of November 2020, and a fresh decision will be taken depending on the inputs received from the Health Department, Government of Assam, and the pandemic situation at the relevant point of time in the concerned district,” the GHC order said.
It was also decided that reopening of Bar rooms within the Court premises will be subject to specific requests from respective Bar Associations, in writing, and submission of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), as may be acceptable to the judges, advocates and the health authorities of the concerned districts.