The High Court of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh on Wednesday ordered resumption of physical hearing in courts from February 14 onwards.
Reviving the January 30 order, Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal permitted hearings through physical mode from February 14 with the restriction that in no court room more than ten advocates remain present at a time.
“The District and Subordinate Courts and Tribunals in UTs of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh shall also start functioning through physical mode.”
“Entry of advocates into the court rooms before District and Subordinate Courts and Tribunals shall be restricted to five advocates only at a given time,” the order said.
The guidelines and protocols for prevention of Covid-19 contagion including wearing of masks, frequent use of hand sanitizer and maintaining safe distancing norms are mandatory for all the entrants into the Court premises.
“Only those advocates whose cases are listed in the courts and who are fully vaccinated shall be allowed entry in the Court room.
“Entry of litigants, clerks and agents of the Advocates into the court rooms shall remain prohibited for the time being.
“Entry of witness(s) and accused person(s) only shall be permitted in District and Subordinate Courts and Tribunals provided they are fully vaccinated and subject to strict compliance of SOPs pertaining to the containment of Covid-19 infection.
“Entry into the District and Subordinate Courts and Tribunals shall be permitted to only fully vaccinated persons from the outer gate of the Court Complex.”
“Judicial custody remands shall be given only through video conferencing as far as permissible. The modified guidelines will come into effect from 14 February, 2022,” the order further said.