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The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) has informed that Advocates chambers will be opened on an Odd-Even basis starting from today, i.e., May 26. (SCBA CIRCULAR OPENING OF CHAMBERS ON ODD-EVEN BASIS)
A circular issued to this effect also informs that Odd Number Chambers would be open on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and, that Even Number Chambers would be open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
The chambers would be open on these days from 10 am to 4 pm, except on Saturdays, when the chambers would be open from 10 am to 2 pm.
Further, in view of increasing COVID-19 cases, the SCBA suggested the limited the use of chambers, also urging advocates that they keep their chambers clean and sanitized by themselves.
Earlier this month, it was informed that the Supreme Court would open up the chambers in various blocks for advocates only to access and collect their essential documents and files.
Last week, the Supreme Court had issued guidelines for those entering lawyers' chambers in the Supreme Court premises after taking into account the suggestions made by the SCBA and the Supreme Court Adovcate-on-Record Association (SCAORA).
On March 23 the Supreme Court premises was shut for physical entry in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Supreme Court had not only decided to restrict physical entry inside the premises of the Court, but also to suspend all proximity cards and to seal lawyers' chambers. At the time, the lawyers were given a window of time to collect their essential briefs and documents before the chambers were sealed.