The functioning of the Courts subordinate to Delhi High Court shall continue to remain suspended till 23.05.2020 as passed by the Hon’ble Administrative and General Supervision Committee of this court, in continuation of this Court’s Office orders No. 373/Estt./E1/DHC dated 23.03.2020, No.159/RG/DHC/2020 dated 25.03.2020 and No. R-77/RG/DHC/2020 dated 15.04.2020 and No. R-159/RG/DHC/2020 dated 02.05.2020.
It was further added that urgent matters relating to bail, stay/injunction as per the directions already issued would be continued to be taken by the subordinate courts. Also, as per the letter No. R-124/RG/DHC/2020 dated 30.04.2020 family courts shall also take up the matters. The courts shall also take up matters ready for final arguments while giving preference to more than 10-year-old cases and cases where the accused is in Judicial Custody.
It was informed that the MM (Mahila Courts) would also take up matters in which interim urgent relief has been sought under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 1985. Matters which seek application to leave or to contest/defend and are pending for disposal in cases filed on the ground of bonafide requirement would be taken up by Rent Controllers and Addl. Rent Controllers.
It was also ordered that all matters which are taken by the subordinate courts shall be through video conferencing only. Brief written submissions through emails can be sent from the counsel for both sides if impressed upon. The email ID for each court shall be different for the said purpose. Based on the requirement, assistance of the Centralized Computer Committee will be taken for the creation of such email IDs.
The notice also stated that no adverse order would be passed by subordinate courts without giving hearing through videoconferencing or without having written submissions from the concerned counsels. All the necessary precautions have to be taken and maintained for social distancing if any judicial officer wants to pronounce judgment in the physical presence of the parties. For this, every District & Sessions Judge shall make sure that a roster is made for the said purpose.
Lastly, it was informed that all matters by the subordinate courts only listed above shall be addressed and other matters shall be adjourned en bloc and information in this regard be uploaded on the District Court website.