Delhi High Court lawyers’ chambers to open in shifts,

Lawyers’ chambers in Delhi High will open from May 21 in two shifts – from 10 am to 12 noon and 2 pm to 4 pm – during which the lawyers can come while maintaining social distancing guidelines, the bar association said on Tuesday.

Delhi High Court Bar association has released a circular with a new plan for opening lawyers’ chambers.

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Earlier, the Delhi High Court Committee for graded action plan had acceded the proposal for providing access to lawyers to their chambers situated in the court premises to primarily enable them to take away their files, books, belongings.

The access is permitted with certain conditions which include one lawyer per chamber, or two per chamber where the chamber is on twin sharing basis, with one assistance or one junior.

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The timings for the access and use of chamber shall be from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon (morning phase) and from 2.00 pm to  4.00 pm (afternoon phase). Layover period be used by housekeeping agencies for sanitation and deep cleaning of the used portions of the building, it said.

Sanitizers and handheld body temperature scanners are put to use at the entrance of all blocks while face masks have been made mandatory for all such visiting advocates.

The Delhi High Court Bar association will issue a necessary advisory about the manner of use of chambers while also requesting elderly members of the  Bar to avoid coming to Court till further orders.

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This comes as Delhi’s Tis Hazari court has issued a circular directing the advocates, the court staff and others to restrain themselves from using saliva to paste or fix court fee stamps on the documents.

It has also asked them to refrain from using saliva while pagination of the documents of case files.

“Lawyers/Munshis/Litigants/Naib Courts/Police Officials may be asked through court staff not to use saliva while affixing court fee stamps on the application/petition and envelopes containing summons/notices etc,” said the circular.

It was advised that plastic sponge damper pads may be used to inspect the Judicial files.

The court has issued the circular to check the spread of COVID 19 infection in the courts and has asked the concerned people to adhere to it seriously.