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Not the time for raising voice in favour or against physical hearing, Advocates must cooperate with HC's decision: Bar Council of Delhi

Earlier this month, the Delhi High Court had notified that gradual re-opening of physical courts was possible from September 1 onwards.

Aditi Singh

The Bar Council of Delhi has made an appeal to all advocates to fully cooperate with the Delhi High Court's decision to commence the graded opening of courts in the city for physical hearings amid COVID-19.

"We noticed that a section of colleagues in the profession are against resumption of physical hearing but it is not the appropriate time for raising voice in favour or against physical hearing since the model is going to be implemented is on experimental basis and we hope that it will protect the interest of the stakeholders in the system."
the letter addressed by KC Mittal, Chairman, BCD reads.

Reminding the advocates that a comprehensive plan to regulate the functioning of courts amid COVID-19 was under preparation, the Bar Council has commended the High Court for its decision to re-open courts from September 1 onwards, in a gradual manner.

"This step is in the right direction for the resumption of court working and the onus on all of us to make it a success", the Bar Council of Delhi has said.

The Bar Council refers to the present situation as that of being "between the devil and the deep sea" and has thus called upon the advocates to "join together" to overcome it.

"Considering the gravity of the complexity of the matter, we would appeal to all Advocates to fully cooperate and make use of the physical opening of courts on a rotational basis to mitigate the hardship and it is time for Coordination Committee and Bar Associations and the Advocates, in general, to come forward to assist the Hon'ble Chief Justice and other Hon’ble Judges of the High Court of Delhi to put in place a comprehensive plan and ensure that there is due compliance of the same, to obviate any adverse situation", the letter states.

The letter comes close in the heels of a communication by the Delhi High Court to lawyer bodies in the city to render their fullest cooperation with its decision to soon start a graded resumption of physical hearings in courts.

Read the Letter:

BCD appeal to advocates.pdf
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