COVID 19Hot Off The PressNews

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued an addendum to the guidelines, and subsequent addendums, to all Ministries/Departments (https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1607997), regarding the Nationwide lockdown to fight COVID-19.

The addendum exempts from lockdown restrictions the shops of agricultural machinery, its spare parts (including its supply chain) and repair; truck repair shops on highways, preferably at fuel pumps; and Tea industry, including plantations with maximum of 50% workers.

Addendum Document 


Ministry of Home Affairs

[Source: PIB]

[Press Release dt. 03-04-2020]

COVID 19Legislation UpdatesNotifications

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has extended the validity of documents like driving licenses, permits and registration that expired since February 1. In an advisory to all states and Union Territories, the Ministry has asked them to treat such documents as valid till June 30.

The decision was taken to facilitate people facing difficulties in renewing the validity of various motor vehicle documents due to nationwide lockdown in the country and closure of government transport offices.

The documents include fitness, permits (all types), driving licence, registration or any other concerned document under the Motor Vehicle Rules.

The ministry has requested all states to implement the advisory in “letter and spirit” so that the people and transporters and organisations rendering essential services do not get harassed and face difficulties.


Ministry of Road Transport & Highways

[Press Release dt. 31-03-2020]

[Source: PIB]

COVID 19Hot Off The PressNews

In view of complete nationwide lockdown for twenty-one days from the midnight of 24th March 2020, it is hereby informed to all concerned that Notification No. 77/HCS dated 18th March 2020, Guidelines to the District Courts bearing reference No. 78/HCS dated 18th March 2020 and Circular No. 33/Confdl/HCS dated 24th March 2020 will continue upto 14th April 2020.


Sikkim High Court

[Circular dt. 30-03-2020]

COVID 19Legislation UpdatesNotifications

Additional essential Goods and Services included in the exempt list

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued an addendum to the guidelines, and subsequent addendums, to all Ministries/Departments (https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1608644), regarding the Nationwide lockdown to fight Corona Virus.

The second addendum lays down additional categories of essential goods and services exempted under the Disaster Management Act 2005, with respect to the 21- day lockdown.


Ministry of Home Affairs

[Press Release dt. 29-03-2020]

[Source: PIB]

COVID 19Legislation UpdatesNotifications

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued an addendum to the guidelines, and subsequent addendum, to all Ministries/Departments  (https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1608173), regarding the Nationwide lockdown to fight Corona Virus.

The second addendum lays down additional categories of essential goods and services, relating to agricultural operations, exempted under the Disaster Management Act, with respect to the 21- day lockdown.

Second Addendum Document 


Ministry of Home Affairs

[Press Release dt. 27-03-2020]

[Source: PIB]

Case BriefsCOVID 19High Courts

Telangana High Court at Hyderabad: Full Bench of Chief Justice and M.S. Ramachandra Rao and A. Rajasheker Reddy, JJ. in view of the lockdown and limited functioning of Courts have extended the period of Interim Orders till 07-06-2020 and Orders of Executing Courts shall be kept in abeyance.

Government enforced strong measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Nationwide lockdown was also declared on 25-03-2020 for a period of 21 days.

In view of the lockdown due to which the functioning of courts had been restricted, routine matters have been adjourned en bloc to particular dates in month of April. Considering the same, advocates and litigants have not been in a position to appear in the said matters.

As a result, interim orders operating in favour of parties have expired or will expire on or after 20-03-2020.

Court on perusal of the above circumstances, orders that in all matters pending before this Court, and Courts Subordinate to this Court, wherein interim orders were subsisting as on 20-03-2020 and expired, or will expire thereafter, the same shall stand automatically extended till 07-06-2020.

After 15-02-2020, Executing Courts passed directions to bailiffs for executing decrees and dispossessing judgment debtors. Bailiffs in these cases are continuing ti implement said orders, however, judgment debtors do not have means of challenging the said order, hence, Bench directs that any such order shall be kept in abeyance and shall not be executed till further orders.

[In Re: Extension of Interim Orders and Abeyance of Execution Orders, WP No. Urgent 1/2020, decided on 27-03-2020]

COVID 19Hot Off The PressNews

Allahabad High Court issued a notice on 25-03-2020, stating that Court work shall remain suspended with immediate effect until further orders. However, imminently emergent and urgent cases would be heard by designated Division Bench/Single Judge with prior approval of Chief Justice. Whereas for Lucknow Bench, necessary approval shall be taken from the Senior Judge of Lucknow Bench.

All the subordinate courts and commercial courts shall remain closed in the State of U.P.

*To read the Circular, click the link: Circular

Madhya Pradesh High Court issued a notice stating that there shall be no Court work with immediate effect for a period of three weeks till 14-04-2020. Entry to all Subordinate Courts shall remain prohibited subject to specific permissions till 14-04-2020.

*To read the Circular, please click the link: Circular

Orissa High Court: Functioning of High Courts and its offices will remain suspended till 15-04-2020 in view of complete lockdown. Same to be followed by the Subordinate Judiciary.

*To read the Circulars, please click on the links given:

Circular-1 & Circular-2

Karnataka High Court issued a notice on 25-03-2020 stating that,

“The Court sittings of High Court of Karnataka, at the Principal Bench, Bengaluru and Benches at Dharwad and Kalaburagi, and all District and Trial Courts, Family Courts, Labour Courts, Industrial Tribunals in the State already notified shall stand cancelled. The order of closure issued by the High Court of Karnataka vide Notification dated March 23 and March 24, 2020, applicable to the High Court of Karnataka, Principal Bench, Bengaluru and Benches at Dharwad and Kalaburagi, and all District and Trial Courts, Family Courts, Labour Courts, Industrial Tribunals in the State shall stand extended till April 14, 2020.

All the Judicial Officers and Court staff members shall not leave their respective Headquarters.”

Jharkhand High Court issued notice on 25-03-2020 stating that Court work shall remain suspended until further orders in the wake of Novel Corona Virus. No matters unless urgent and imminently emergent shall be entertained.

In the above case, lawyers/litigants shall be accordingly instructed of venue and mode of addressing the Court through Video Conferencing.

Entry to all the Subordinate the Courts shall remain suspended subject to permission.

*Read the Circular issued, here — CIRCULAR

Delhi High Court:

Chief Justice has been pleased to order that the functioning of the High Court of Delhi shall now remain suspended till 15.04.2020.

All the pending matters listed before this Court (including the courts of Registrars and Joint Registrars) on 13.04.2020 to 15.04.2020 would be adjourned.

*Read the detailed circular in the above regard, here: CIRCULAR

Gauhati High Court had issued a circular dated 24-03-2020 stating that the functioning of the court shall remain suspended till 04-04-2020.

*To read the detailed circular, please click here: CIRCULAR

Gujarat High Court issued a Circular on 25-03-2020 stating the suspension and closure of functioning of the High Court and Subordinate Courts till further orders.

*Please read the Circulars in above regard below:

CIRCULAR-1

CIRCULAR-2

Detailed Guidelines with regard to functioning of the Tripura High Court can be read by clicking in the link below:

CIRCULAR


[Will be updated as per the latest developments]

COVID 19Hot Off The PressNews

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued an addendum to the guidelines to all Ministries/Departments issued yesterday (https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1607997), regarding the Nationwide lockdown to fight Corona Virus.

This addendum lays down additional categories of essential goods and services exempted under the Disaster Management Act, with respect to the 21- day lockdown.

Original Guidelines Document

Addendum to the Guidelines


Ministry of Home Affairs

[Press Release dt. 25-03-2020]

[Source: PIB]