Lawyers urged to use video conferencing
With the fixed improve in COVID-19 instances, Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka of the Karnataka High Court on Thursday appealed to advocates to go for video conferencing as a substitute of bodily coming to the courtroom, to keep away from gathering on courtroom premises.
Referring to the present hybrid system of listening to petitions concurrently via video conferencing mode and bodily presence, the Chief Justice urged the advocates to make use of the good thing about the videoconferencing system launched throughout pandemic.
He made this enchantment through the listening to of petitions whereas presiding over a Division Bench, comprising Justice Suraj Govindaraj. He identified that in lots of instances, adjournments have been being sought on the bottom that advocates had examined constructive. He mentioned that many different High Courts have been making enquiries with the High Court of Karnataka on utilizing hybrid system of listening to.
On request made by a piece of advocates to advance summer time trip to the courts, he mentioned that it was not potential as solely 12 working days remained earlier than closure of the courts for summer time trip as dates for additional listening to had already been assigned for the interval. The courts can’t be closed when public workplaces are functioning regardless of rise in variety of COVID-19 instances, he mentioned.
He additionally made a written enchantment to employees in all courts in Karnataka to get vaccinated as early as potential. He mentioned it was obligatory that each one eligible employees, aged above 45, get vaccinated.