Gujarat High Court
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Coronavirus: Gujarat HC notifies that only extremely urgent matters will be taken up via video conferencing [Read Notice]

The notice adds that when a judgment is pronounced, the same would be notified. A Zoom Cloud Meeting link would be sent, indicating the time so that lawyers may get connected to hear the pronouncement

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The Gujarat High Court has notified that it will only be taking urgent matters on both the civil and criminal sides, via video conferencing from March 23, Monday onwards.

No fresh filing in physical form will be accepted from Monday onwards.

Matters already fixed for hearing will be taken up by newly assigned Benches in their physical form in the respective Courts. Further, no soft copy would be required for matters, which have already been mentioned before the Registry and accepted as being urgent.

Moreover, matters in which mention for being urgent is made before the assigned Benches on Monday, 23rd March and accepted for being taken up on the same day, may be in the physical form.

However, all arguments would be made through video conferencing.

The procedure for submitting soft copies of the petition and the manner in which Video Conferencing will be carried out have been detailed in the notice.

The move is intended to curtail the movement of judges, lawyers and staff in the High Court. The Judges are expected to work from their chambers whereas others will be able to work from home or their office.

Notably, the lawyers would be notified via e-mail and SMS when a judgment is to be pronounced. A link to a Zoom Cloud Meeting would also be sent indicating the time, so that respective lawyers may get connected and hear the pronouncement of the judgment.

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