Delhi HC Issues Notice for Priority Vaccination of Judges, Lawyers and Staff

Recently, the Delhi High Court has registered a suo motu PIL(Public Interest Litigation) concerning Covid-19 vaccination of lawyers, judges and court staff on priority,

The PIL was registered after the Chairman of the Bar Council of Delhi wrote a letter to the court and requested that directions be issued to concerned medical/administrative authorities to provide infrastructure in Court premises so that members of the judicial system may get vaccinated.

A Division Bench comprising Hon’ble Justice Vipin Sanghi and Hon’ble Justice Rekha Palli stated that there is weight in the chairman’s claim that members of the judicial system should be declared as frontline workers.

Hon’ble Court added that even if members of the judicial system are not suffering from co-morbidities, it does not mean that they cannot contract the virus and suffer from serious health issues, including death. The Court also added that it is necessary to determine the two vaccines’ availability, i.e. COVAXIN and COVISHIELD and issued notice to its manufacturers, Bharat Biotech and Serum Institute India. The Court also issued notice to Delhi and the Central Government.

The Court further observed that at any given time, hundreds and thousands of people visit courts that include lawyers, judges, court staff and litigants. Therefore, members of the judicial system are at risk of contracting the virus from each other and litigants that throng the Court. The Court also remarked that in Courts like Tis Hazari, numbers of visitors exceed the number of people who visit a hospital on any given day.

The next date of hearing of the case is 04.03.2021.

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