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[COVID-19] Calcutta High Court to resume physical hearings from March 7

The notice states that things will go back to the way they were before the COVID-19 pandemic, with an exception that virtual mode shall also be available to senior lawyers over 65 years of age or lawyers with co-morbidities.

The virtual hearing option shall be made available on complying with the following conditions:

(i) As and when the case is called on, a request may be made to the court by a lawyer to appear virtually citing any of the above circumstances;

(ii) Thereupon the Court on being satisfied may grant leave to the lawyer to appear virtually;

(iii) A link for that purpose may be requested for by the learned lawyer and provided to him by the Registry in advance of the hearing of the case.

(iv) A lawyer making a request to appear virtually should ensure that his junior is physically present in court, in case leave to appear virtually is refused by the court;

(v) Not more than 20 lawyers shall be allowed in the court room at a particular point of time;

(vi) The High Court and the District courts shall revert back to the norms regarding dress code for the Judges and Lawyers followed prior to the covid pandemic.

Source: Barandbench

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