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In this backdrop, a request to resume physical functioning has also been reiterated, stating that the court cannot carry its function by video conferencing indefinitely, especially when such serious complaints are made.
President of the Gujarat High Court Advocates' Association (GHCAA) Yatin Oza has written to the High Court's Chief Justice, Vikram Nath raising a collective grievance that casefiles are not circulated weeks and that only the matters of a privileged class were being circulated in no time.
This comes a week after the Association had written to the Registrar General of the Gujarat High Court, highlighting various issues faced by its members while availing e-filing facilities and in the circulation of filed matters.
Claiming that a large number of advocates have approached him and the Secretary General over the issue, Yatin Oza's letter states that there are complaints about the non-listing of cases despite sincere efforts on the part of the aggrieved lawyers.
Apart from citing personal accounts of lawyers concerning delay and blatant discrimination in the circulation of matters, the letter also refers to case status reports downloaded from the official website of the High Court.
Referring to one such case status, the letter states, "How can a matter be termed as an urgent one where the petitioner’s advocate requests for four weeks time?"
Oza adds, "I am prepared to come to your Lordship to show the miseries and sufferings of the advocates by their communication either by way of text messages or whatsapp messages and I am prepared to show your Lordship all the messages to appreciate the heart burning of the advocates."
His letter also refers to allegations made that the Registry had threatened to place matters before certain Benches by name where some lawyers had insisted for the circulation of their matters.
In this backdrop, the GHCAA president has reiterated a request that the Court should resume physical functioning so that Judges can be assigned cases as per the roster and not at the discretion of the registry so as to ensure that advocates can uniformly appear before the Court.
Reliance has also been placed on letters from the President of Metropolitan Magistrate’s court, Ahmedabad Rural Court and the City Civil Court to immediately request the Chief Justice to open up the courts physically.
A similar appeal for the resumption of the physical functioning of Courts had been made by Oza earlier this week as well.