A full panel of the Delhi High Court has ruled that physical hearings in its tribunal and district courts may resume on a restricted basis from August 16, 2021, on a trial basis, subject to further orders based on the assessment. of the COVID situation. Pandemic of -19 in the National Capital Territory of Delhi.
Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court has ordered all benches in its tribunal and district courts to continue hearing urgent cases, under the existing arrangement, by video conference until August 13, 2021.
The recent circular in this regard states that “the Plenary Court was pleased to order that all benches of this Court, as well as the courts of joint (judicial) registrars / registrars, shall continue to take up urgent matters, in accordance with the arrangement, by videoconference, until August 13, 2021. All other outstanding routine / non-urgent matters listed in this Court from July 26, 2021 to August 13, 2021 will be adjourned en bloc.
Previously, given the expected third wave and the threat of Delta Plus, a variant of concern (VoC), the Delhi High Court had decided to adopt a policy of waiting and monitoring but to continue to hear cases. by videoconference until July 23.
“The Plenary Court, while reviewing the existing arrangement for hearing cases in the Delhi High Court and Delhi District Courts, observed that despite the decline in the number of Covid-19 cases in Delhi NCT, the greatest precaution is required.to be taken in view of the expected third wave and limited vaccine availability. Considering the threat of Delta Plus, a worrying variant (VoC), the Plenary Court therefore decided to adopt a wait-and-see policy, and to act with prudence, in particular in view of the loss of precious lives of judicial officers, lawyers and judicial personnel ”, according to a notification issued by the High Court of Delhi.
In the second wave in the nation’s capital, Delhi’s High Court on April 8, 2021 suspended its physical hearing until April 23, which was then extended from time to time. However, the High Court continues to deal with urgent cases via videoconference and then resumed the physical hearing of limited benches.