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[Breaking] Karnataka High Court resolves to cancel Summer Vacation to make up for working hours lost to COVID-19 Lockdown

Rintu Mariam Biju

The Karnataka High Court has resolved to cancel its summer vacation in order to make up for the loss of court working hours due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

The decision was taken by the Full Court of High Court of Karnataka on April 13.

The summer vacation was scheduled to take place between April 27 and May 23 this year.

Even as district and trial courts, family courts, labour courts and industrial tribunals in the state remain closed till April 30, new matters can be filed through e-filing, the notification informs.

It was further clarified that the notification dated March 23 will continue to operate till April 30.

It is further stated,

"...Video Conferencing hearing of urgent matters shall be fixed on each Tuesday and Friday between 11.00 am and 12.30 pm. It can be fixed by Principal District Judge/Principal Judge on any other day in case of grave urgency. If any Tuesday or Friday is a General Holiday, the matters shall be fixed on immediately next working day."

On the point of payment of fees, it was stated that,

"The Principal District Judge/Principal Judge will ensure that a counter in office of the concerned Court is kept open on every Tuesday and Friday between 11.00 am and 12.30 pm only for purposes of payment of process fees and for payment of court fees. The payment of process fees will be allowed only in those matters in which notices have been issued during the closure period."

On April 13, it was intimated that the Karnataka High Court and other district courts shall remain closed till the end of April owing to the extended lockdown declared in the state of Karnataka.

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