Highlights:
• On Thursday, the Delhi High Court said that from August 16 it may resume its physical functioning on an experimental basis
• This will be done in a restricted manner based on an evaluation of the situation of the pandemic in Delhi
• The order also stated that all the pending routine or non-urgent matters between July 26 and August 13 shall be adjourned to corresponding dates between September 10 and September 30

On Thursday, the Delhi High Court said that from August 16, it may resume its physical functioning on an experimental basis, which was restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to an administrative order of the high court, this will be done in a restricted manner based on the evaluation of the situation of the pandemic in Delhi.

General Manoj Jain issued the order which stated that the Full Court has been pleased to observe that physical hearings in this court may be resumed in a restricted manner from August 16, 2021, on an experimental basis, subject to further orders based on evaluation of the situation of the pandemic in the NCT of Delhi.

The order also added that till August 13 all the benches of the high court, registrars, and joint registrars (judicial) shall continue to take up urgent matters through video conferencing.

The order also stated that all the pending routine or non-urgent matters listed in the high court between July 26 and August 13 shall be adjourned to corresponding dates between September 10 and September 30.

A similar order has been passed concerning the district court in Delhi. It also said that all the judicial officers shall endeavor to take up all matters of their respective courts through video conferencing from July 24 as right now the judicial officers have been taking up urgent matters and ‘final arguments cases’ of their respective courts through video conferencing while other matters are being adjourned.

On March 25 the High court restricted its functioning along with the district courts functioning till April 14. It was subsequently extended to May 3, May 17, May 23, May 31, June 14, June 29, July 15, July 31, and August 14.

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