The Hon’ble Chief Justice,
Madras High Court,
Chennai – 600 104.
Sub: Request to conduct Court proceedings on regular basis from the
month of June – Reg.
Ref: 1. Our letter dated 16.03.2020.
2. Our letter dated 21.04.2020.
3. Resolution No.241/2020 dated 08.05.2020.
In the wake of the nationwide lock down to contain the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 pandemic, as per the letter second cited above, we have requested your Lordship to conduct video conference facilities available in all Subordinate Courts with the help of Government of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and conduct all proceedings through Video Conferencing till COVID-19 pandemic is over by considering the Welfare of the legal fraternity. However, it is brought to the notice of the Bar Council by several advocates that no proceedings took place through video conferencing effectively more particularly in Subordinate Courts, since the link was not available to the advocates. Further, even if the link is available, they are not able to present their case effectively through video conferencing and the hearing through video conferencing have not always been smooth due to the audio disruptions and the network problem. ….2
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Now, some relaxations have been made by the Government also during the lockdown period. Therefore, the advocates who are having cases are willing to present their case in the court itself by maintaining the norms fixed by the Registry.
On considering the welfare of the advocates and the litigant public, who are affected during this lockdown period due to COVID-19, the Bar Council of Tamilnadu and Puducherry has passed a resolution requesting Your Lordship to conduct regular Court sittings in the Madras High Court and its Bench at Madurai and all the Subordinate Courts in Tamilnadu and Puducherry from the month of June by maintaining the norms. The advocates are ready to comply with the norms prescribed by WHO like wearing mask, using sanitizers and maintain social distancing.
Therefore, we request your Lordship to conduct regular Court sittings in the Madras High Court and its Bench at Madurai and all Subordinate Courts from the month of June 2020 by considering the sufferings of the legal fraternity and litigant public at large.
(CHAIRMAN, BAR COUNCIL.
CHAIRMAN, BAR COUNCIL.