While addressing various legal and technical issues that would arise during the partial functioning of courts from June 1, the Karnataka High Court in a suo-motu PIL has recognized the need of a specially designed Remand Court.
“In continuation of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by the High Court of Karnataka from time to time in order to prevent spread of pandemic COVID-19 in the Court premises on account of physical production of arrested person/s – Under Trial Prisoner/s for the purpose of Remand / considering the bail a dedicated specially designed Remand Court having transparent partitions is established and started functioning at Gurunanak Bhavan, Vasanthnagar, Bengaluru.” Stated the bench presided by Chief Justice Abhay Oka in the press note released on 4th July, 2020.
The press note also stated that “Whenever arrested person/s – Under Trial Prisoner/s is/are required to be produced in Court physically for hearing, designated Chief Metropolitan Magistrate/ Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate/ Metropolitan Magistrate will hold sitting in the Dedicated Remand Court itself and take the physical production. All safety measures for the physical production of arrested person/s- Under al Prisoner/s is taken care of. This will facilitate safe production of arrested person/s – Under Trial Prisoner/s in compliance with the COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Government Authorities.”
These remand courts will have transparent partitions in Bengaluru, where prisoners who are under trial will be physically produced before a Magistrate in a public hall outside the court premises. This is done keeping in mind the safety of judicial officers and staff.