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Delhi High Court, district courts to go fully virtual for two weeks from January 3

Delhi High Court Chief Justice Justice D.N. Patel on Thursday directed that the High Court and Delhi district courts will take up matters through virtual mode only from January 3 as per the existing arrangement with regard to the listing of cases.

Justice Patel said the aforesaid arrangement shall continue till January 15, 2022 when the entire situation shall be reassessed and reviewed. The Registrar and Joint Registrar (Judicial) shall also take up matters through virtual mode only, he said in a statement.

In the backdrop of rising Covid-19 cases in the capital, he said: “It’s high time that this Court also takes all the possible precautionary and preventive measures to thwart any possibility of a resurgence of any wave of extreme nature.”

Justice Patel observed: “The inputs have also been taken from the President of Delhi High Court Bar Association as well as from the Chairman of Coordination Committee of All District Court Bar Associations of Delhi and other senior office bearers. As expected, they, too, have assured fullest cooperation on behalf of the Members of the Bar.”

He said: “All stakeholders including court-staff, required to come to the Courts, shall get themselves fully vaccinated and shall strictly adhere to the norms of social-distancing and Covid-19 protocols, guidelines, directions, etc. issued by the Government of India, Government of NCT of Delhi and this Court from time to time.”

He said that based on the above directions, the registry will issue a Public Notice for all concerned.

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