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SC restarts functioning

SC restarts functioning Health guidelines maintained poorly


| Updated: August 13, 2020 12:30:23


SC restarts functioning

The Supreme Court (SC) has restarted its regular activities alongside the virtual system after four and half months, although coronavirus fear is not over yet.

Health guidelines were poorly maintained in conducting activities in various sections, especially in the affidavit section of the apex court, on Wednesday.

But things were different in most courtrooms where lawyers were allowed to place their petitions maintaining physical distancing.

Long lines were seen in front of the courtrooms as only few lawyers were permitted inside.

Masks were seen on the faces of judges, lawyers, justice seekers and others concerned of the court.

The body temperature of everyone entering the building of the Supreme Court Bar Association was also measured.

Judges and lawyers in courtrooms conducted cases discounting dress code as they did not wear any black coat or any gown which are mandatory in normal times.

Assistant attorney general Syeda Sabina Ahmed Molly said, "It seems I've returned to the place of life again. Things will be hectic again from today."

"We hope we could spend the coming days safely."

Advocate Masud Rana came to the court after a long gap. In a reaction, he said, "We want that the path to justice be never blocked."

"We're happy that the Supreme Court has started regular activities on a limited scale. We're keen to work in compliance with health guidelines," he added.

Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain on August 10 constituted 53 High Court (HC) benches for disposing of the pending cases.

Of them, 35 HC benches are conducting cases virtually and 18 are maintaining the regular process.

Earlier on August 06, a decision was made in the full court meeting of the SC to run trial activities through both systems, virtually and regular process.

Regular activities of all courts countrywide, including the appellate and HC division, remained suspended since March 26 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Later, the virtual version of the courts was introduced on May 11 to hear urgent matters of justice seekers.

But the lawyers' community urged the chief justice to restart regular court activities instead of the virtual system as litigants were deprived of justice and lawyers were facing financial crisis.

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