Odisha HC to function with limited number of judges till July 31

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court today stated it will have restricted functioning with limited number of Judges by virtual mode as per the roaster assigned by the Chief Justice during the lockdown period till July 31, 2020. In a statement, the High Court said only extremely urgent matters on advance memo of urgency submitted by learned advocates/litigants to the Deputy Registrar (Judicial) by e-filing mode/e-mail with advance intimation to the opposite parties will be taken up.

Hearing of cases however shall take place by virtual mode/video conferencing mode on the web link provided to concerned advocates/litigants, who may appear from their residence or offices. Filing of new cases during the period of lockdown shall be permitted only by e-filing mode or e-mail.

The normal functioning of the High Court as well as the District and Subordinate Courts and Tribunals falling in the jurisdiction of Khordha, Ganjam, Cuttack and Jajpur Districts and the Rourkela Municipal Corporation, shall continue to remain suspended till 31.7.2020.

Further the High Court premises during the period of lockdown from 20.7.2020 till 31.7.2020 shall remain closed except for minimal number of the authorized officers and staff for emergent duties.

The Superintendents of different Sections of the High Court shall depute minimal staff as per the day to day requirement that may be determined by the Registrar (Judicial).

The District and Subordinate Courts and the Tribunals located in the Districts of Khordha, Ganjam, Cuttack and Jajpur and the Rourkela Municipal Corporation shall remain closed from 18.7.2020 till 31.07.2020. However, the District Judge or the Presiding Officer of the Tribunal may in his discretion permit hearing of extremely urgent nature of cases, as far as practicable, by virtual mode and shall for that purpose requisition services of minimal number of staff, the statement issued by the High Court said.

All the staff members of the High Court, District and Subordinate courts and Tribunals shall be required to stay at the headquarters.

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