GUWAHATI: The Gauhati High Court has extended the guidelines and norms to be followed for the functioning of the High Court in the Principal Seat as well as its outlying benches at Kohima, Aizwal, and Itanagar and the subordinate courts of Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram, and Arunachal Pradesh.
Earlier, in order, it states "Whereas, the Hon'ble Gauhati High Court vide Notification No. 35 dated on May 2021, had issued certain guidelines and norms to be followed in the Gauhati High Court as well as in the Subordinate Courts; Whereas, the Hon'ble Gauhati High Court vide Order No. 37 dated 9th May 2021, had issued additional guidelines regarding the restructuring of working strength of officers and staff in the Gauhati High Court; Whereas, the Hon'ble Gauhati High Court vide Notification No. 38 dated 9th May 2021, had issued guidelines for restricted entry of Lawyers in the Gauhati High Court; And Whereas, the Hon'ble Gauhati High Court vide Notification No. 46 dated 29th May 2021, had extended the norms and guidelines as specified in the above-mentioned Notifications/Order up to 14.06.2021."
Now, taking into consideration the prevalent Covid-19 situation, the Gauhati High Court has extended the norms and guidelines as specified in the above-mentioned Notifications/Order for a period of 1 (one) week, with effect from 15th June 2021 up to 21st June 2021.
Some of the key directions, which will remain in force for another one week, are –
The Courts shall take the urgent matters only, which are to be mentioned by the learned advocates through e-mails up to noon of a particular day. And upon receipt of such requests, the urgency of those matters shall be determined by the Courts concerned and the cases shall be taken up in virtual mode.
While preparing the daily case lists, the cases shall be limited in numbers and those cases shall be distributed in two sessions i.e. pre-lunch and post-lunch sessions. It is made clear that the learned advocates, who prefer to come to the court for arguing their cases from the Courts if they have no sufficient infrastructure of their own, may do so.
The other COVID protocols, which were notified from time to time through various notifications by the High Court, shall be strictly followed and deviation by any staff/ person shall be viewed seriously.