September 7: Madras HC partially resume physical Court hearings

It has been decided that after a meeting of the Administrative Committee of the Madras High Court some Benches of the Madras High Court will resume physical court hearings from September 7.
The High Court had issued a notification that six Benches of the Principal Madras Bench and two Benches at the Madurai Bench will conduct physical hearings from September 7.
The notification states,
“In order to meet the growing demand of physical court hearing and also keeping in view the precautions that are required to be observed for avoiding any untoward happening, Hon’ble the Administrative Committee on a series consideration has decided to open physical court hearing partially with Six Division Benches at the Principal Seat at Madras and Two Division Benches at the Madurai Bench, with a combination of physical court hearing and virtual court hearing with effect from 7.9.2020.”

  1. The physical hearing will take in two sessions three Division Benches in the Principal Seat at Madras will be in the pre-lunch session and three Division Benches in the post-lunch session.
  2. Virtual court hearings will alternatively be conducted for the rest of the day.
  3. This will be adopted on a trial basis in order to asses the feasibility of running of physical court hearings, which can be suitably varied after observing the functioning of the Courts in this manner for two weeks.
  4. The other Benches will continue to function through virtual court hearing

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