With surge in COVID19 positive cases in Kashmir, Srinagar District Court has resumed proceedings via virtual mode.
After unlocking of Srinagar, various lawyers and litigants had attended their cases in the court. However, after two judicial officers tested positive for covid19, the court went back to virtual mode.
An order issued in this regard asked the presiding officers that they shall hear the matters from their official residences or office chambers. "Pursuant to the directions issued by the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir, and in compliance thereto, all the District & Subordinate Courts at Srinagar shall hear the cases through virtual mode only," the order reads.
It added that the fresh urgent matters including civil, criminal, bail, remand, maintenance cases, and matters falling under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, shall be taken up through virtual mode only by the presiding officers from their official residences or office chambers.
It added that in criminal matters, the concerned prosecuting officer shall forward the orders passed by criminal courts to all concerned, through virtual mode.
The court nominated Haq Nawaz Zargar, 4th Additional Sessions Judge, Srinagar as Nodal Officer to take care of any Judicial Officers or members of staff found to be in any distress, need or difficulty of any kind and requires assistance.
The order said that any officer or official who is reported at any point of time to be in home or administrative quarantine under the medical supervision and with due permission of competent authority shall be exempted from the duties.
A per order, Adnan Sayeed, Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, Srinagar, shall be contacted for free and competent legal services on cell number 9419167570 and email ID firstname.lastname@example.org.