Allahabad High Court
Allahabad High Court

Thermal screening at entry, E-Passes for appearing Advocates only and more: Allahabad HC notifies further measures to guard against COVID-19

In another notification issued on Friday, it was also intimated that 14 Benches of the High Court, including two Division Benches, will sit from April 15-17 in chamber to hear certain matters.

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On the directions of Chief Justice Govind Mathur, a special committee has proposed a series of measures for the Allahabad High Court, to minimise crowds and further guard against the risk of spreading COVID-19.

The notification follows the High Court's March 16 instructions in this regard. It has been directed that these earlier measures would also have to be adhered to, apart from the measures now notified.

As per the latest notification dated April 10, the following measures are now expected to be implemented at the earliest, i.e. :

  • No manual gate pass for entry to the High Court premises shall be issued, until further orders.

  • Only the Advocates whose cases are to be taken up, alone may appear to avoid crowding in the High Court premises, until further orders.

  • Till further orders, only e-gate passes will be issued to Advocates. Therefore, those Advocates alone, whose cases are to be taken up, may apply online for the e-gate pass.

  • No e-gate pass / manual gate pass will be issued to the litigants and visitors, until further orders.

  • Employees and Advocates shall be granted entry in the High Court premises only after thermal scanning.

  • Advocates will advise their clients not to visit the High Court unless their presence is directed by the Court.

  • Courts shall not insist for personal presence of parties unless it is unavoidable. Further, the personal presence, which has already been fixed, are deferred.

  • All the mediation proceedings shall remain suspended. The proceedings, in which the date is fixed, shall be given next date.

  • The Advocates’ Canteen as well as Bar Association meeting halls shall remain closed till further orders. However, their cleaning and sanitization shall be ensured on daily basis.

  • No vendor shall be permitted to bring any beverages and food items inside the Court premises till further orders.

  • The Chief Medical Officer be requested to ensure that Doctors / Medical Personnels in adequate number are deployed on each entry point along with Thermal Imaging Devices to ensure that no person (Employee / Advocate etc.) having fever / symptoms of Corona Virus enters in the High Court. If any such person is found, he/she be denied entry in the High Court and follow up action for his treatment to be taken.

  • Judges, employees and Advocates will ensure leaving the High Court premises by 04 p.m.

  • Members of the Registry and each and other Court employees will intimate immediately if the symptoms of coronavirus are exhibited either in themselves, their family members of in any person who has visited their residence and lives in proximate areas.

  • Court employees are also to inform if they have visited any country affected by the Coronavirus in last 15 days. Such employees will be required to furnish information on the above mentioned points immediately, the failure of which would entail Disciplinary Proceedings against the concerned.

  • Steps be taken for ensuring that the Driver Jamadar & Shadow/Gunner attached with the Hon’ble Judge are scanned on daily basis for the Corona Virus.

  • Only three gates be earmarked for entry in the High Court premises at Allahabad.

  • Judges be requested to carry their personal belongings (Spectacles, Mobile Phones, etc.) themselves and not to hand over the same to their personal staff.

  • The Museum of the High Court shall remain closed until further orders.

Read the notification here:

Allahabad HC - Precautionary measures against COVID-19.pdf

In another notification issued on Friday, it was also intimated that 14 Benches of the High Court, including two Division Benches, will sit from April 15-17.

The cases to be heard include minor bail applications, anticipatory bail applications, urgent civil, criminal and writ matters and fresh civil matters. All the Benches will be sitting in chamber.

Read the notification here:

Allahabad HC - April 15-17 Benches.pdf
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