Calcutta HC decides to hold hearings through hybrid mode due to a surge in COVID-19 cases

In view of the recent surge in the Covid-19 cases, the Calcutta High Court, on the recommendation of its Covid Committee, has decided to hold hearings through hybrid mode (both physical and virtual) from 12th April to 30th April 2021 at the main seat at Kolkata and circuit benches at Jalpaiguri and Port Blair.

The notification released by the High Court stated that,

“Proceedings shall be held physically or virtually or in a hybrid of the two modes as per existing Notifications. Physical appearance and examination of witnesses in the suit court are postponed to a date after 30th April, 2021, subject to review of the COVID situations.”

Furthermore, the directions that were given are as stated below-

“1. Proceedings shall be held physically or virtually or in a hybrid of the two modes as per existing Notifications. Physical appearance and examination of witnesses in the suit court are postponed to a date after 30th April, 2021, subject to review of the COVID situation.

2. The Court shall only entertain applications, motions, admission of appeals and part-heard hearing matters. Other hearing matters shall be listed after 30th April, 2021, on review of the COVID situation.

3. Matters in the list of each Bench except the Benches dealing with bail and anticipatory bail application should be around 60.

4. The Office bearers of the Bar are requested to advise their members to leave Court immediately after the matter in which they are appearing physically, is over.

5. The office bearers of the Bar are further requested to persuade any member having cold, cough or fever to abstain from attending Court.

6. Litigants are not permitted to enter the Court premises unless they have to appear in person or summoned by the Court. However, the litigants are permitted limited access on the ground floor for attestation of affidavits.

7. The Members of the Bar are requested to follow the COVID-19 norms

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