The Bombay High Court on Friday said that the functioning of the High Court, as well as District Sessions and Magistrate courts, will be restored to normalcy in two shifts from December 1 in Maharashtra except Pune.
The High Court will hear individually every second day for a month in 'experimental form'. High Court Registrar General SG Digge said that judges and employees of all subordinate courts will work with their full capacity numbers from 11 am to 1:30 pm and from 2 pm to 4:30 pm.
Another notice issued by the High Court stated that two groups of block benches and single benches would gather for four hours a day at intervals of one day and hold an in-person hearing. Right now the High Court is hearing through video conference.
The notice stated that Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta will personally hear the cases through online media. The notice stated that except for the courts of Pune judicial district, all the courts will start functioning normally in two shifts from December 1. The decision was taken by the Chief Justice of the High Court and other judges of the Administrative Committee keeping in view the state of Kovid-19 in the state.
At the same time, it also said that if the situation of the epidemic worsens, then the District Chief Justice can take directions from the High Court in this regard.