GUWAHATI, Aug 17 - The Gauhati High Court has decided to resume the physical functioning of the courts in a phased manner from September. The step has been taken to restore normalcy of court proceedings that have remained almost stalled due to the COVID-19-induced situation.
The decision was taken after a meeting between a panel of judges of the Gauhati High Court, the Bar Council of Assam etc., the All Assam Lawyers� Association and a number of other judicial employees� bodies of the State.
The State health department will make necessary arrangements pertaining to adherence to COVID-19 health protocol in the courts.
It needs mention that advocates across the State had registered their strong protest over the limited and virtual functioning of the courts under the Gauhati High Court. A memorandum in this regard was also sent to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
�It is a welcome step that will ensure speedy justice delivery and will also address the hardship of advocates and other judicial employees of the State. Though in a phased manner, the normal court proceedings will gradually resume across the State, giving the much-needed respite to litigant public and the legal fraternity,� AALA general secretary Deepak Kumar Das stated.
On behalf of the Gauhati High Court, Justice Manas Ranjan Pathak, Justice PK Deka, Justice Kalyan Surana and Justice Manish Choudhury were present at the meeting, while Justice Michael Zothankhuma made an online presence. Registrar General of Gauhati High Court Raktim Duarah also participated in the meet. Advocate Devajit Saikia took part on behalf of the State health department.
Apart from AALA and Bar Council, the Judicial Officers� Association, Judicial Employees Association, Gauhati High Court Bar Association, GHC Bar Advocates Association, GHC Employees Association and Advocates� Clerks� Association took part in the meet.
The Bar Council was represented by senior advocates HRA Choudhury, GN Sahewalla, Chinmoy Choudhury and Sailen Das among others.