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Coronavirus Lockdown: Kerala HC notifies procedure to be followed for moving urgent matters until April 8 [Read Notice]

Inter alia, it is also informed that habeas corpus pleas and cases concerning bail, anticipatory bail, suspension of sentence and custody cases will be automatically posted.

Aishwarya Iyer

A notice has been issued yesterday intimating that urgent matters which cannot be deferred until April 8 will be posted before Special Benches of the Kerala High Court, during its restricted functioning amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.

The said Special Benches will sit on four days i.e. March 26, March 31, April 3 and April 7 to take up urgent matters.

The notice has further details the procedure to be followed in approaching the High Court with urgent matters. The procedure involves the following stages:

  1. Lawyers are to send a one page brief by email describing how the subject matter of their case involves urgency;

  2. The email is to specify if the litigant would opt for video conferencing;

  3. The Registry is to forward the email to the jurisdictional judge and wait for a response;

  4. The response to the email is to be communicated to the litigant immediately;

  5. If permission is granted for hearing the matter on an urgent basis, a copy of the email stating the same is to be submitted along with other files at the time of filing in Court;

  6. This file is to be forwarded to the judge concerned for hearing on the date fixed for doing so, in Court or through video conferencing, whichever option the litigant chooses to exercise.

Inter alia, it is also informed that habeas corpus pleas and cases concerning bail, anticipatory bail, suspension of sentence and custody cases will be automatically posted. The above procedure need not be following in such cases. In moving these pleas, however, the litigant has been requested to indicate whether s/he is willing to opt for having the matter heard through video conferencing.

This notice has been issued in continuation to the one that was issued on March 20, following a Full Court meeting, wherein it was decided that only very urgent admission matters will be posted before the Court.

[Read the Notice here]

Keraka HC notice dated March 23, 2020.pdf.pdf
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