Bombay HC Issues Guidelines Amid COVID Lockdown

The Bombay High Court on May 04, 2020, issued a circular on precautions to be taken during the course of business in courts of Goa, Maharashtra, Union Territories of Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli. The circular mentions that the COVID-19 pandemic requires everyone to take precautions during the lockdown. Accordingly, it further notified that it will be necessary while entering the Court Complex; to take precautions in the interest and safety of everyone.

The circular reads as โ€œIn continuation with earlier circulars issued from time to time by the Bombay High Court; the Honโ€™ble the Chief Justice and Honโ€™ble Judges of Administrative Committee; have been pleased to issue the following directions that; The Courts shall function as they are functioning presently. In essence, taking up remand work and extremely urgent matters as per guidelines; issued in circular dated 16.04.2020 until further orders. The Annual General Transfer of this year kept in abeyance till April 2021.โ€

Additionally, it states that the Government of Maharashtra has issued guidelines for precautions to be taken by staff while working; which should be noted by the Courts in the State of Maharashtra, the State of Goa and Union Territories of Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu. After a comprehensive review, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued an Order to further extend the Lockdown for a further period of 2 weeks beyond 4th May 2020. Accordingly, it is deemed necessary to scrupulously follow new guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

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