Limited functioning of the Subordinate Courts in the State of Tamil Nadu due to lockdown in the State of Tamil Nadu – Summer Vacation of the Subordinate Civilcourt notification details by Sekar Reporter · May 2, 2020 [5/2, 07:53] Sekarreporter: 1R.O.C.NO.23991-C/2020/C3OFFICIAL MEMORANDUMSub: Courts & Judges – Spread of Corona Virus Pandemic –Limited functioning of the Subordinate Courts in theState of Tamil Nadu due to lockdown in the State ofTamil Nadu – Summer Vacation of the Subordinate CivilCourts in the State of Tamil Nadu and Union Territory ofPuducherryfrom the 1st of May, 2020 to 31st of May,2020 kept in abeyance and adjourned – Furthermodification – Orders issued.Ref: 1. High Court’s Official Memorandum in Roc.No.88001-A/2019/C3, dt.12.12.2019.High Court’s Official Memorandum in Roc.No.88001-A/2019/C3, dt.13.12.2019High Court’s Official Memorandum in Roc.No.23991-C/2020/C3, dated 18.04.2020 (For T.N &Puducherry)As resolved by the Hon’ble Full Court in its Video ConferencingMeeting dated 30th of April, 2020, looking to the peculiar grim situation of theState of Tamil Nadu in relation to the existing status of the threat of CoronaVirus, High Court is of the opinion that in order to meet the situation which islikely to continue in the month of May, 2020 as predicted, it may not be[5/2, 07:53] Sekarreporter: 2…2..appropriate to resume regular and normal functioning as notified in theOfficial Memorandum third cited, as that may invite the possibility ofcongregation of lawyers and litigants, andviolation of physical distancingnorms keeping in view the large number of lawyers practising in the State,together with their staff, and the number of Subordinate Courts and TalukCourts spread over throughout the 32 Districts of the State.However, this continued state of lockdown should also not impede thefunctioning of the Courts beyond a limit, yet in order to ensure physicaldistancing norms, threats of spread of the endemic by physical contact and toavoid any complications arising therefrom, the system of hearing of mattersthrough remote video conferencing be continued.In view of the above,and considering the various suggestions that havebeen made by the State Bar Council; the respective Bar Associations of theHigh Court, whose opinions have been received; the opinion of the AdvocateGeneral, and the views of certain other District Bar Associations andindividual lawyers, including Senior Advocates, it is directed that the leveland volume of functioning be enhanced in a limited staggered manner for thetime being till 31st of May, 2020, which will continue till the lockdown islifted or relaxed or a decision is taken otherwise for resumption of normalfunctioning.[5/2, 07:53] Sekarreporter: 4…4…Today, the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi,vide Notification No.40-3/2020-DM-I(A) dated 1st of May, 2020 has furtherannounced the extension of the lockdown for a period of further two weekswith effect from 4th of May, 2020. The said Notification along with newGuidelines issued by the Central Government today (1st of May, 2020) onlockdown measures was placed before the Hon’ble Chief Justice, who waspleased to issue further directions that since movement restrictions andmeasures for safety of persons with specifics regarding Containment Zones inthe Red, Orange and Green have been issued, the Principal District Judges /Principal Judge, City Civil Court, Chennai / Chief Judge, Court ofSmallCauses, Chennai / Chief Judge, Puducherry may ensure that the saidlockdown guidelines are strictly observed while deploying staff for carryingout the essential judicial services to the bare minimum that may be required inthis given circumstance of lockdown being continued. It has been clarified bythe Hon’ble Chief Justice that deployment of staff need not be necessary to themaximum limit of 33% and may be kept at the minimum level. This should beaccompanied by all strict norms pertaining to Sanitation, Social Distancingand all such measures as notified earlier.[5/2, 07:53] Sekarreporter: 5…5…The functioning in the month of May, 2020 of the Subordinate CivilCourts in the State of Tamil Nadu and Union Territory of Puducherry asnotified in R.O.C.No.23991-C/2020/C3 dated 18.04.2020 stands modified asmentioned above.HIGH COURT, MADRAS SD/- C.KUMARAPPANDATED: 01.05.2020. REGISTRAR GENERALToAll the Hon’ble Judges (for information).All the Registrars, High Court, Madras and Madurai Bench of MadrasHigh Court, Madurai.All the Principal District Judges/District JudgesThe Principal Judge, City Civil Court, ChennaiThe VIII Additional Judge/IX Additional Judge/XI Additional Judge/XIIAdditional Judge/XIII Additional Judge/XIV Additional Judge(CBI cases), ChennaiThe Chief Judge, Court of Small Causes, ChennaiThe Administrator General and Official Trustee, ChennaiThe Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Egmore, ChennaiThe Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (E.O.I), Egmore, ChennaiThe Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (E.O.II), Egmore, ChennaiThe Presiding Officer, Principal Labour Court/I Additional Labour Court/II Additional Labour Court/III Additional Labour Court, ChennaiThe Presiding Officer, Labour Court, Coimbatore/ Cuddlore/ Madurai/Salem/Tiruchirappalli/TirunelveliThe Presiding Officer, Principal/Additional Labour Court, VelloreThe Presiding Officer, Industrial Tribunal Chennai.The Additional District Judge and Presiding Officer, Special Court underEssential Commodities Act, Chennai/Coimbatore /Madurai/ Pudukottai/Salem/ ThanjavurThe Judge, Additional Special Court for Exclusive trial of cases underNDPS Act, Chennai.