Aarogya Setu app, Bombay High Court
Aarogya Setu app, Bombay High Court
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[COVID-19] Bombay HC, subordinate courts to continue restricted functioning; Lawyers, staff to install Arogya Setu app as safety measure

Precautionary guidelines issued to be followed by persons entering the Court Complex to guard against the spread of the virus include the installation of the Arogya Setu COVID-19 tracking app.

Aishwarya Iyer

A circular has been issued stating that the Bombay High Court and its subordinate courts will continue to take up only remand work and extremely urgent matters until further orders, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic situation in the State.

Additionally, it is also intimated the Annual General Transfer of judicial officers for this year will be kept in abeyance until April, 2021.

Further, certain precautionary guidelines have also been issued for all the Courts in the State of Maharashtra, State of Goa and the Union Territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu to guard against the spread of COVID-19

In this regard, it is informed that the following precautions are to be followed by persons entering the Court Complex:

  • All Advocates and staff will install the Arogya Setu app;

  • Identity proofs shall be asked for at the entry points of the Court Complex;

  • A register be maintained at all entry point for recording names of the entrants after due identification;

  • No person to be permitted to enter the premises without wearing a mask;

  • Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19, even after screening, shall not be allowed to enter or remain in the Court rooms;

  • To meet any exigencies, pursuant to anyone found with COVID-19 symptoms, an isolation room shall be earmarked to isolate the said person;

  • Sanitizer/liquid soap and water for hand wash shall be kept at the entrance of each Court hall and the Court premises;

  • Necessary social distancing to be maintained during Court business.

  • Wherever there is a provision of lift, not more than fifty percent of the capacity would allowed at a time.

  • All members except the differently abled should be encouraged to make use of stairs for their own safety;

  • The Departments to allot a time slot to address any query in consonance with the social distancing mechanism;

  • The Judges and the members of the staff should immediately report to the Medical Center, Principal District Judge and the concerned Registry if they show any symptoms of COVID-19.

The notification adds that is expected that the new guidelines issued by Ministry of Home Affairs dated May 1are scrupulously followed.

Read the notification here:

Bombay High Court notification for Court working dated May 4, 2020.pdf
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