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      Special circular on court proceedings

    March 20, 2020

    The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has issued a special circular describing criterion for court proceedings for a week from tomorrow with the aim of preventing the spread of
    COVID-19 virus in the country.

    The circular has been issued focusing cases to be called in Commercial High Courts, High Courts, Civil Appellate Courts, District Courts, Magistrates Courts and Labour
    Tribunals from (19) to 27th, of this month.

    No case shall be heard in the open court except for cases which are deemed urgent and necessary by the judge.

    All scheduled cases will be called on other days, and accepting applications for court bail will proceed as usual. The Commission further state that if a lawyer wants to make a plea
    to the courts to hear a case due to an urgent reason, only requests made by a motion before 10.00 a.m. will be considered.
    The Commission also advised to use video technology in the process of extending the detention period of inmates instead of bringing them into the courts.

     

    Provisions for police bailouts should be used as far as possible, and the Magistrates must maintain proper coordination with the police in respective areas.

     

    The Judicial Service Commission has issued this circular with the aim of preventing the spread of the Coronavirus within the country by reducing every possible instance for public
    gatherings.

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