A division bench of the Bombay HC comprising Justice SS Shinde and Justice Manish Pitale will hear matters before them through video conferencing from 5 April as a precautionary measure due to COVID.
This announcement was made through an order of the Registrar VR Kachare and said this manner of functioning would be valid until further orders. The particular bench will take up matters through video conferencing instead of physical hearing.
It said further that the advocates and parties-in-person strictly follow the guidelines in the SOP issued the same day. The SOP said that in view of COVID, as a precautionary measure the hearing of matters will be conducted through video-conferencing.
It specified that the court working hours will be from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm and from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm.
It said further that advocates must comply with the court rules of dress and etiquette and all hearings will proceed as if the advocates are appearing before the court in person. Anyone who impedes the smooth conduct of hearings or violates etiquette will be removed without notice.
The SOP also mandated that advocates use good internet connection, device with camera and good quality microphones.