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Gujarat High Court issues Standard Operating Procedure for the resumption of physical functioning [Read SOP]

The Gujarat High Court has issued Standard Operating Procedures (SoP) for its physical functioning which is slated to begin on September 16.

Lydia Suzanne Thomas

The Gujarat High Court has issued Standard Operating Procedures (SoP) to be followed once it begins physical functioning on Wednesday, September 16.

The SOP informs that the Court’s working hours would be from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Entry into the Court Building

The SOP states that thermal checks would be carried out at the sole entry point, Gate No 5. All other entry gates including the Judges' entry shall remain closed, the SOP reads.

Only Advocates/ Parties-in-Person/ Registered Clerks/ Litigants whose matters are listed in the Cause list will be allowed to enter into the building in the Court Premises. Further, Senior Advocates may be engaged by a party after an intimation in advance.

A system-generated email which will act as an Entry Pass will be mailed to registered email address of all Advocates whose cases are listed for hearing.

Physical Hearing

The advocates of the litigating and opposing parties and parties-in-person will be allowed entry into the courtroom where the matter is listed only when the matter is called out for hearing. Only one advocate per party is allowed entry.

Elderly Litigants and advocates and those suffering from comorbities are advised not to enter the court building for physical hearings.

Others are expected to wait their turn in the designated waiting area.

Once the matter is heard, parties/advocates are required to exit via Gate No. 5.

Journalists and Law reporters can enter court rooms only with permission, after a written request to the effect is made.

“Gujarat High Court Advocates’ Association shall render due assistance in this regard by deputing advocate(s) on rotational basis to facilitate smooth and better management.”
it is further stated.

Safety and Physical distancing norms

Throughout proceedings, safety norms such as proper wearing of face masks, social distancing, sanitation and hygiene are expected to be maintained.

The SOP communicates that the Court building will be sanitised everyday by housekeeping staff after the Court's working hours.

With the exception of courtrooms, the library, Bar Association hall, Advocates' tea room, common rooms, Advocates' chambers and public canteen will remain closed until further notice.

The Gujarat High Court was recently closed from September 12 to 15, after 12 High Court employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Read the SOP here:

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for resumption Physical Hearing at High Court of Gujarat.pdf
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