New Delhi, March 25 : Following the three-week nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus outbreak, the Madhya Pradesh High Court on Wednesday decided to suspend work with immediate effect - till April 14 - at its principal seat in Jabalpur and its benches at Indore and Gwalior.
The MP High Court also gave the go-ahead for video conferencing for urgent matters.
"Due to the threat of pandemic coronavirus and immobilization of the public at large, it has been decided to declare non-working of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh as well as entire subordinate judiciary of the state," said a circular issued by Registrar General Rajendra Kumar Vani.
According to this circular the entry in person to the High Court at the main seat and at Indore and Gwalior will remain prohibited till April 14. Administrative/judicial work shall be communicated through Registrar General/Principal Registrar at all benches of the High Court on their official email.
"Entry to subordinate courts shall remain prohibited till April 4, subject to specific permission of the District Judge/Principal Judge, family court or in-charge officer, as the case may be. The respective heads shall notify official email details of court manager or administrative officer, as the case may be, for any contact by person including lawyers for either administrative or judicial work," said the circular.
All the Registry officers and staff of all the bench of the High Court as well as judicial officers and staff members of the subordinate courts including family courts shall remain stationed at their respective place of posting to carry out urgent or emergent duties.
"Urgent matters will be entertained with the permission of the Chief Justice of the High Court or Principle Judge, family court or in-charge officer in case of subordinate courts. On permission being granted, the lawyers/litigants or the concerned person shall be accordingly instructed of the venue and mode of addressing the court either through video conferencing or otherwise," said the circular.
The Registrar General added in the wake of COVID-19 situation, the High Court and subordinate courts including family courts will function as per these directions until further orders.