Ahmedabad Bar Association
Ahmedabad Bar Association

Ahmedabad Bar Association writes to Gujarat High Court Chief Justice seeking physical hearings at City Civil Courts

Stating that businesses in the vicinity of City Civil Courts have resumed regular functioning, the Association has requested for the resumption of physical hearings, as e-hearings are "difficult and not satisfying."

Lydia Suzanne Thomas

The Ahmedabad Bar Association has written to the Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court seeking the resumption of regular functioning of the City Civil Court.

The Association seeks the resumption of the regular functioning of City Civil Courts, given the financial difficulties lawyers have been facing with the closure of courts and slowdown in business.

"Those lawyers whose sons and daughters are studying in schools and colleges have to pay the fees for their education. They have to pay their staff members. They have to spend for their livelihood. Thus the financial burden has become unbearable. Most of the practicing (sic) lawyers have become helpless without earning" The Ahmedabad Bar writes in their Letter to the Chief Justice

Their letter documents that the Ahmedabad City Civil Courts have been closed for nearly four months, with cases being heard via video conferencing.

The letter goes on to record the lawyers' dissatisfaction with e-hearings, describing them as "very difficult and not satisfying."

"E-Hearing is not found practical."
Ahmedabad Bar Association

The letter further emphasizes on the feasibility of physical hearings in City Civil Courts, and recommends steps to ensure physical safety during hearings amid the pandemic.

"All businesses in the entire city area have started full fledged... Only the Court building remains closed".
- the letter states while urging for staggered physical hearings.

Hearings of five cases in a day may be arranged, the Association suggests, with a thirty-minute period allotted to each matter. Entry to Court may be restricted to one lawyer, their junior, and one client per side, the letter posits.

Read the Association's Letter here:

Ahmedabad Bar Association Letter - dated July 20, 2020.pdf
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