Bombay HC on Physical Hearings

Bombay HC on Physical Hearings

Virtual hearings in physical matters due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bombay High Court will resume physical court proceedings in criminal appeal cases from 31st August 2020.

For principal benches in Mumbai, Aurangabad, and High Court of Bombay at Goa

Two division benches comprising Justices P B Varale, V G Bisht, S S Jhadav, N J Jamdar and two single benches of Justices A S Gadkari and P D Naik will take up final hearings of criminal appeals from 31st August to 15th September in the High Court.

Other Justices including Chief Justice Dipankar Datta, will continue with virtual hearings till 15th September in the High Court.

The notice states,

“Till the matter is called out, the Advocates should wait in the waiting room, in which arrangement is made and observe social distancing and use the mask. If one of the Advocate/Party is not willing for physical hearing, then that Advocate /Party can be heard through video conference”

Only limited number of Advocates will be allowed to enter the court rooms and social distancing and other precautionary norms will be strictly followed.

On 19th August, the Supreme Court Registry wrote to the Supreme Court Advocates on Record Association ( SCAORA) communicating the decision of the 7-judges Committee to resume physical hearings in a limited manner, subject to the decision of the Competent authority.

By -: Andrea Dsilva

Bombay HC on Physical Hearings