Allahabad High Court shifts to virtual hearings after Covid-19 surge

In view of the recent surge in Covid-19 cases, the Allahabad High Court has decided to stop physical functioning with immediate effect and to resort to virtual hearing from April 12, 2021. Advocates, litigants and Munshi will not be allowed to enter the premises.

According to the Registrar of Protocol Ashish Kumar Srivastava, Initially, only 25 Courts will be made functional for hearing through virtual mode. However, this number may be increased or decreased, as per the existing workload.

The cases already filed under this arrangement will appear in the Courts for hearing. A certain number of cases will be presented in court, which will be communicated to the Advocate.  For this, the helpline will be operational from April 12.

Filing of Cases / Petitions / Applications / Documents will be done both through E-mode and physical form.

Front Office / Counters will be established outside the premises of the High Court enabling the Advocates to file their Cases / Petitions / Applications / Documents in physical form.

Admission will be held at the counters located outside the premises by 4 pm.

A 24 X 7 Help-Line will be made operational by the High Court for assisting the Advocates in each and every matter regarding filing, listing and other information related to their Case.

The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited will ensure that the speed related issue of internet is resolved immediately so that no obstruction is caused in virtual hearing of 25 Courts due to slow band-width and connectivity problems, the Court directed.

That arrangement will be effective from April 12, till further orders.
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