SC to run judicial work virtually from today...

SC to run judicial work virtually from today

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 10:10 AM, 19 January 2022   Updated: 10:52 AM, 19 January 2022

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The Supreme Court (SC) is has been returning again to virtual hearings from today due to a further rise in Covid-19 infections in the country.

“Both the Appellate Division and the High Court Division will return to virtual judicial work from Wednesday,” said a notice signed by SC Registrar General Md Ali Akhbar on Tuesday.

According to the notice, issued as per the directive of Chief Justice, all benches of the Appellate Division and the High Court Division will use information technology and follow practice guidance in conducting judicial work from Wednesday. 

Earlier in the day, Chief Justice Hasan Foez Siddique hinted that proceedings might be conducted virtually as several judges and staff have been infected with Covid-19.

On May 9 in 2020, an ordinance was issued at the request of the Supreme Court to use information technology in court proceedings such as trials, judicial investigations, appeal hearings, hearing testimonies or arguments and also to ensure the presence of all parties while a court issues an order or announces a verdict.

The Supreme Court issued practice guidance on May 10, 2020, for running the court proceedings using digital platforms like videoconferencing.

The functions of both divisions of the SC resumed physically since December 1 last year after the Covid-19 cases decreased.