Guwahati: The Gauhati High Court will function in virtual mode with a staggered roster from January 6, 2022, to ensure preventive course on its premises, and avoid footfalls amid the surge in COVID-19 cases of late in the state.

A notification issued here on Wednesday informed that only a limited number of cases would be listed from Thursday until further orders.

“Learned advocates and parties-in-person may mention their matters showing urgency before the concerned courts in the principal seat. The Court, only on being satisfied that the matter is of urgent nature, shall hear such matters,” it said.

“Only the learned advocates and parties-in-person, whose names appear in the cause list, shall enter the premises of the High Court. Any other individual whose presence is required in the Court shall enter after obtaining prior permission of the Registrar (Administration),” it said.

The notification further stated that wearing of masks and maintaining social distancing would be mandatory within the premises of the High Court.

“All lawyers, litigants, members of staff, security staff, etc. having taken both the doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, shall be allowed to enter the High Court premises,” it said.

“All lawyers, litigants, members of staff, security staff, etc. shall be subjected to medical screening before entry in the new as well as old High Court building,” the notification said. 

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