The Orissa High Court has decided to hear cases through video conference from January 10 to February 4, 2022 due to the rise in COVID-19.
The Office order issued by the High Court read, In consequent upon the Order issued by the Government of Odisha, office of the Special Relief Commissioner and the Order issued by the Government of Odisha, G.A. & P.G. Department, in view of the increase of COVID-19 positive cases and Omicron cases in some parts of the State, has decided that the high court and its offices will function with effect from 10th January, 2022 to 4th February, 2022 as per the prescribed arrangements.
All the Benches shall function only through Video Conferencing during the period from 10th January, 2022 till 4th February, 2022.
The offices of the High Court shall function with 50% strength of employees (except Officers in the rank of Assistant Registrar and above who shall attend office daily) during the period from 10th January, 2022 till 4th February, 2022 under the instructions of the concerned Officer. The roster for 50% attendance of employees shall be prepared by the Superintendents in such a manner that the employees are required to attend office on alternate days and they shall not leave the headquarters during the above period. While attending office the employees must carry their Identity Cards.
It is noteworthy that the Filing of cases and documents shall be done through e-Filing portal as usual or through Drop Box (kept near the counters of the Copying Section) from 10.30 A.M. to 2.00 P.M
Furthermore, the court directed that the usual practice of grant of certified copies shall remain suspended and a print out of the Order and Judgment passed by the Hon’ble Court as available in the Court’s website may be utilized in lieu of a certified copy thereof, subject to it being attested by the Advocate concerned. Where no Advocate has been engaged, such copy shall be self-attested by the party-in-person.
Lastly, the court ordered that the Functioning of Lawzima Courts shall remain suspended. The Medical Dispensaries of the High Court shall function as usual. The Security Personnel deployed in the High Court shall be on duty as usual.
In addition to the existing two V.C. Cabins one more V.C. Cabin shall be functional in Odisha State Bar Council premises to facilitate appearance of the counsel through Video Conferencing.