As the COVID19 situation is easing out in Uttar Pradesh, the Allahabad High Court is going to resume the Physical Hearing from Wednesday 14th July and Guidelines in this regard have been finalized.
The decision of hearing in open court along with virtual hearing has been taken by a Committee of Judges headed by the Acting Chief Justice MN Bhandari.
Following will be the modalities of Physical Hearing both at Allahabad and Lucknow:
- Prior notice will have to be given to the office of the Registrar General in case the lawyer opts for virtual hearing.
- Only those lawyers will be allowed in the court premises, whose cases are listed.
- Lawyers will have to show a COVID19 Vaccine Certificate at the time of entry in court premises. Meaning thereby those lawyers who have not been vaccinated yet, will not be allowed to enter the Court Premises.
- If the certificate is not shown or protested, then the plan of physical hearing in open court can be postponed.
- It will be mandatory for everyone to wear masks in the court premises and follow the rules of social distancing.
- Not more than 10 advocates will be allowed to be present in the courtroom.
- Wearing a gown has been exempted.
- Consuming paan, tobacco, gutka etc. is strictly prohibited and Punitive action will be taken for spitting in the premises.
- Sanitization of premises, doors etc. will be done from time to time.
- If more than 50 COVID Positive cases are found in the city for three consecutive days, then the system of hearing in the open court/physical hearing will be kept stopped.
- For now, the lawyers’ chambers will remain closed. If the system is successful, the chambers can be opened.
A PIL has also been filed seeking open court hearing, which is likely to be heard in next week.