Delhi High Court, district courts start restricted physical hearings today after 5 months gap

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday, August 31, resumed limited physical hearings after a gap of nearly five months when the second wave of COVID-19 hits in New Delhi. After the second wave struck the national capital, the Delhi High Court on April 8, 2021, suspended its physical hearing till April 23 which was later extended from time to time.

As per reports, two division benches including the division bench headed by Delhi High Court Chief Justice DN Patel are holding a physical hearing today, whereas seven single judge benches are conducting proceedings via physical mode. The Court also granted liberty to those advocates and litigants, who do not want to attend physical Court proceedings, to opt for virtual hearing.

Therefore, limited benches holding physical hearings have permitted advocates and litigants to attend hearings via a hybrid model. Earlier on August 24, physical hearings in the district courts in Delhi have resumed in a graded manner. The High Court in its earlier notification said that on physical hearing days, the courts shall permit hybrid/video conferencing hearing where a request to such effect is made by any of the parties and/ or their counsel.

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