Orissa High Court
Orissa High Court

[COVID-19] Orissa HC to function via restricted virtual hearings till July 31, urgent matters may be moved by an advance memo to Registry

The Orissa High Court will be working at limited capacity till July 31, 2020, with Benches constituted to hear certain cases and urgently filed matters via Video Conferencing.

Lydia Suzanne Thomas

The Orissa High Court has notified that it will be working in a restricted manner from July 20, 2020, to July 31, 2020, in view of the Odisha Government's declaration of a lockdown in Khurda, Ganjam, Cuttack, and Jajpur districts as well as the Rourkela Municipal Corporation in the Sundergarh district.

The lockdown was declared in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the State.

While filings will take place online during this period, a limited number of Benches will be constituted for virtual hearings via video conferencing, the Notice states.

The Court’s communication declares that urgent matters may be heard after an “advance memo of urgency” is communicated online to the Deputy Registrar (Judicial) by the Advocate of the party concerned.

Advance notice of the same is to be issued to the other parties in the case prior to sending the advance memo, the Notice specifies.

As of this morning, Odisha has had a total of 667 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed.

The Orissa High Court is the latest in a line of High Courts across the country to issue a notice of closure/restrictions on functioning because of the coronavirus disease.

Read the Orissa High Court's Notice here:

Orissa High Court Notice dated July 18, 2020.pdf
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