Patna: In a departure from holding regular court, the Patna High Court today held a virtual court which lawyers representing their listed cases addressed through video-conferencing.
As the fear of coronavirus looms large over the second largest populated country in the world, India is taking extra-ordinary measures to bend the curve of the pandemic exploding in the country.
Under orders from the Justice Sanjay Karol, chief justice of Patna High Court, the virtual court has been set up to contain crowding in the courtrooms.
Chief Justice Sanjay Karol has further directed that to avoid crowding of lawyers in large numbers, half the strength of the High Court would alternatively sit on a particular day.
Cases falling under IPC and Criminal Appeal for bail under SC/ST Act from among the listed matters would only be heard in limited numbers, the court order stated.
The court has taken these precautionary measures after heeding to the central governments ministry of health’s advisory against large gathering as the World Health Organisation (WHO) has already declared Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic.
The court after reviewing the developing circumstances notified that “functioning of the High Court shall be restricted to only urgent matters.”