Imphal:With the spiralling cases of the COVID-19 in Manipur, court proceedings and sittings at the High Court of Manipur and District Tribunals or Courts has been suspended till August 7.
As per the official statement, regular training programmes of Manipur Judicial Academy which require attendance shall also be remain suspended except the online training courses.
All Courts in Manipur, including the High Court, will take up urgent motion cases through video conferencing, said in a new notification issued by the Chief Justice on Friday.
In case video conferencing is not available, the physical court session will be conducted with due permission maintaining strict COVID-19 protocols and social distancing, it said.
Fresh cases at the High Court will be done by mailing the matter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any other hard copies to be submitted to the registry will be processed after lockdown restrictions in the state are relaxed.
Filing of new cases at the tribunals will be accepted through email while maintaining pages of submission not exceeding 15-20, along with important documents; hard copies to be submitted later on after restrictions are relaxed as a precautionary measure. However, in case of urgent application can be moved after taking permission from the presiding judge.
As per the statement, counsels or parties shall file an undertaking to the effect that necessary court fees, affidavit and other documents be submitted after restrictions are relaxed.
During the period of suspension, any advocates entering the court are to adhere to social distance norms and other COVID-19 protocols strictly. However, those litigants and other officials relating to a case can enter the court premises after prior permission of the presiding judicial officer.