Gujarat High Court leaves it to the Supreme Court to decide on Physical Hearing of Cases

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Amid demand from lawyers to start functioning of the court work physically rather than via video conference, the chief justice made it clear that the decision on the subject will be taken only as per the directions to be issued by the Top Court.

The HC was hearing a Public Interest Litigation & other applications filed by lawyers over the issue to decide court proceedings physically or to continue the existing system.

There are major differences amongst the high court lawyers on the issue. When the Gujarat High Court Advocates Association (GHAA) had conducted a survey & concluded that more than 600 lawyers are for the physical hearing & High Court should start it like normal days, advocate Amit Panchal had challenged it by filing a Public Interest Litigation.

Meanwhile, advocate Rushang Mehta has also filed an application to give some suggestions regarding the functioning of the court. He suggested that physical hearing should be allowed in case of extreme urgency & lawyers should be allowed to appear before the court. The lawyers above the age of 60 & having conditions like diabetes, hypertension should be allowed to work virtually.

After hearing the matters, a bench headed by the chief justice made it clear that the HC will take the decision only after directions issued by the Top Court whether to start functioning like normal days. The court posted a master after six weeks.

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Earlier on Sunday, the Bar Council of Gujarat, the apex body of lawyers in the state, had demanded commencement of physical hearing & that lawyers were facing difficulty in existing mode & also financial crisis.

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