The Chief Justice of Bombay High Court along with the other Judges of the Administrative Committee, has issued certain directions to all the Subordinate Courts in the States of Maharashtra and Goa and Union Territories of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu in modifications to SOP dated June 3, 2020.
According to the circular the following directions have been issued
- Physical filing will be allowed in the Courts across the States of Maharashtra and Goa and Union Territory, from Friday, June 19, 2020 for which an appropriate place shall be designated by the PDJ/Head of the Establishment together with identification of staff to receive filing upon adherence to all precautionary measures for containing the spread of COVID-19.
- The Registrar at the respective places shall devise the procedure for acceptance of physical filing. It shall be ensured that there is no crowd buildup at the time of physical filing. Once physical filing is done, the hardcopy shall be kept in an isolated place for 24 hours. It shall be placed before the concerned Court not before 72 hours of such filing.
- In case a particular Court does not have sufficient work, the Judicial Officer may rise from the dais.
- The PDJ/Head of the Establishment may, at his discretion, earmark a space in the Court premises (excluding Bar Room) and make available sitting arrangement for lawyers in conformity with the norms of social distancing.
Read the Circular Here;
-India Legal Bureau