Covid: Entry of people except staff, lawyers barred inside courts in J-K

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Amid “strong apprehension” of third covid-19 wave, Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal has ordered restriction of people other than staff and lawyers into High Court and District Court buildings.

“Keeping In view the rising trend of Covid-19 Infection cases in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh particularly in Kashmir Valley and the strong apprehension of the third wave of Covid-19, the Registrars Judicial of both wings of the High Court and the Principal District Judges of all Districts of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are directed to strictly adhere to the protocol issued by the High Court vide order No. 441/RG dated 30.06.2021 read with High Court order No. 611 of 2021/RG dated 30.07.2021,” reads an order by Chief Justice, a copy of which lies with GNS.

“The Advocates and all other stakeholders shall cooperate with the concerned officers/officials of the High Court/District Judiciary in implementing the protocol in letter and split,” the order reads, adding, “ The Registrars Judicial shall ensure that except officers/officials of the Registry and Advocates, no other person is permitted entry in the High Court/District Court building and only those shall be permitted entry who are fully vaccinated and possess certlflcate in this regard.”

The Registrars Judicial and District Judges concerned, the Chief Justice said, shall ensure complete sanitization of the court building twice in a week. (GNS)

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