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Bombay HC Bench Reverts to Virtual Hearings from April 5 Amid Covid-19 Surge

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The bench of Justices S S Shinde and Manish Pitale will take up their judicial task by means of video conferencing as a substitute of bodily hearings.

  • PTI Mumbai
  • Last Updated:April 03, 2021, 22:03 IST
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A division bench of the Bombay High Court on Saturday determined to revert to digital hearings from April 5 in view of the surge in COVID-19 circumstances in Mumbai. The bench of Justices S S Shinde and Manish Pitale will take up their judicial task by means of video- conferencing as a substitute of bodily hearings, a discover issued V R Kachare, Registrar Judicial stated.

“As a precautionary measure in view of COVID-19, the hearing of matters will be conducted via video conferencing,” the discover stated. Apart from this bench, a single bench of Justice Gautam Patel conducts hearings in a hybrid system, with each bodily and video-conferencing choices accessible to attorneys and litigants to argue their case.

All different benches of the High Court are listening to issues bodily. Earlier this month, the Nagpur and Aurangabad benches of the High Court reverted to digital listening to of circumstances owing to the rise in COVID-19 circumstances.

Following the nationwide lockdown imposed in March final 12 months, all benches of the Bombay High Court had stopped bodily hearings, and had been conducting hearings for pressing circumstances by means of video-conferencing. However, in December final 12 months, the principal bench at Mumbai resumed bodily hearings for all circumstances on 4 out of the 5 working days of every week.

On Fridays, a couple of designated courts hear such issues by means of video-conferencing the place attorneys or events aren’t primarily based in Mumbai.

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