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[COVID-19 Pandemic] Orissa High Court requests lawyers aged 65 years and above to refrain from coming to Court

It is added that advocates above 65 years of age desirous of appearing before the Court through video conferencing from their homes would be provided with a link by the Central Project Coordinator.

Aishwarya Iyer

The Orissa High Court has urged the High Court Bar Association to request that advocates above 65 years of age to not come to the Court, following a meeting held on Wendesday, given the rising cases of COVID-19 in the state.

The meeting saw the particiaption of the High Court Registry, the Advocate General and representatives of Orissa High Court Bar Association

It has been resolved that if any advocate above the age of 65 wishes to appear before the High Court through Video Conferencing from their respective homes, the Central Project Coordinator would provide them a link for the same.

Any advocate desirous of doing so can to intimate their willingness by writing an e-mail with details of the Case Number, Item Number (as per cause list), Bench before which the case is listed and their own contact details to the email ID: ohc.vc.courts@gmail.com.

Other allied guidelines issued include the following:

  • The Bar Association should request its members not to remain in the Court premises once their work is over;

  • The Bar Association should impress upon its Members the need to maintain social distancing norms if they are participating in hearings through Video Conferencing in the Video Conference Court Hall;

  • The Assistant Registrar should ensure that sections where there are chances of a congregation of more than 5 people would be sanitized frequently;

  • Case records are to be placed before the Judges only after proper sanitization;

  • The Deputy Registrar (Protocol) should ensure the deployment of additional security personnel inside the High Court premises for strict adherence of Government Guidelines issued from time to time pertaining to COVID-19.

Read the Office Order here:

Orissa High Court Office order dated May 7, 2020.pdf
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