Bombay HC bench to revert to virtual hearings from April 5 amid COVID-19 surge

A division bench of the Bombay judicature on Saturday set to revert to virtual hearings from April 5 visible of the surge in COVID-19 cases in metropolis.

The bench of Justices S S Shinde and Manish Pitale can take up their judicial assignment through video-conferencing rather than physical hearings, a notice issued by V R Kachare, Registrar Judicial aforesaid.

“As a precautional live visible of COVID-19, the hearing of matters are conducted via video conferencing,” the notice aforesaid.

Apart from this bench, one bench of Justice Gautam Patel conducts hearings during a hybrid system, with each physical and video-conferencing choices on the market to lawyers and litigants to argue their case. All alternative benches of the judicature ar hearing matters physically.

Earlier this month, the Nagpur and Aurangabad benches of the judicature reverted to virtual hearing of cases thanks to the increase in COVID-19 cases. Following the nationwide internment obligatory in March last year, all benches of the Bombay judicature had stopped physical hearings and were conducting hearings for pressing cases through video-conferencing.

On Fridays, a couple of selected courts hear such matters through video-conferencing wherever lawyers or parties don’t seem to be primarily based in metropolis.

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