Orissa HC Directs Dist Courts In Containment Zone To Close Down

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court on Wednesday directed District Judges to declare their courts closed if those come under the containment zone as per the announcement of the Odisha government or any authority of the government.

“In case of lockdown/shutdown or in any such eventuality/general preventive measure taken by the State authority in respect of that judgeship, the District Judge shall instruct and take recourse to adopt functioning of the courts in virtual mode/video conferencing as far as practicable to take up only extremely urgent matters under intimation to the High Court,” the high court said.

However, the high court directed that the District Judge or the Presiding Officer will allow functioning of the office/court with the minimal staff to ensure adherence of social distancing and other COVID-19 guidelines.

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