A full bench of the Delhi High Court has determined that bodily hearings in its courtroom and districts courts could also be resumed in a restricted method from August 16, 2021, on an experimental foundation, topic to additional orders primarily based on analysis of the scenario of the COVID-19 pandemic within the National Capital Territory of Delhi.
Meanwhile, Delhi High Court has ordered all benches of its courtroom and district courts to proceed listening to pressing issues, as per the present association, via video conferencing until August 13, 2021.
The latest round on this regard states that “full Court has been pleased to order that all the Benches of this Court, as well as the Courts of Registrars/ Joint Registrars (Judicial), shall continue to take up urgent matters, as per the existing arrangement, through video conferencing, till August 13, 2021. All other pending routines/non-urgent matters listed before this Court from July 26, 2021, to August 13, 2021, shall stand adjourned en bloc.”
Earlier, in view of the expected third wave and the specter of Delta Plus, a variant of concern (VoC), the Delhi High Court had determined to undertake a coverage of wait and watch however proceed listening to issues via video conferencing until July 23.
“The Full Court, while reviewing the existing arrangement of hearing of matters before the Delhi High Court and the District Courts in Delhi, has observed that despite there being decline in the number of Covid-19 cases in the NCT of Delhi, utmost precaution needs to be taken in view of the predicted third wave and limited availability of vaccines. Considering the threat of Delta Plus, a variant of concern (VoC), the Full Court has, therefore, resolved to adopt a policy of wait and watch, and to act cautiously, particularly in view of the loss of precious lives of judicial officers, advocates and court-staff, ” in accordance with a notification issued by Delhi High Court.
During the second wave within the nationwide capital, the Delhi High Court on April 8, 2021 suspended its bodily listening to until April 23 which was later prolonged every now and then. However, the excessive courtroom continues to take up pressing issues via videoconferencing and later resumed bodily listening to of restricted benches.