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The letter by the Judicial Officers Association points out that while advocates were informed that they need not wear coats and gowns as a safety measure amid COVID-19, no such relaxation was given to judicial officers.
An Association of Judicial Officers in Gujarat has addressed a letter to the Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court urging that judicial officers also be given relaxations in the office dress code as a safety measure amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Dress code relaxation for judicial officers in Gujarat - JOA letter)
In this regard it is pointed out that advocates were already allowed to do aware with the wearing of black coats and gowns while appearing before courts in Gujarat, through a circular issued earlier this month.
However, no relaxation has been granted to judicial officers, even though, it is pointed out, that even the Supreme Court Chief Justice recently observed that judges and lawyers should not wear jacket and gown for the time being as it "makes it easier to catch virus."
As such, the Association has urged for such dress code relaxations to be extended to judicial officers of subordinate courts as well, as a precautionary measure amid the COVID-19 pandemic.