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Gujarat HC issues guidelines, bans public entry in Court premises without negative test reports

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Gujarat High court Law Insider

Munmun Kaur

Published On: January 06, 2022 at 13:26 IST

Acknowledging the ever-rising number of COVID-19 cases, Gujarat High Court issued a circular banning entry of litigant public and making the screening of others mandatory.

The circular read that the screening of persons entering the Court shall be mandatory and only those persons who are found to be asymptomatic will be given entry.

The Court in its circular also stated that the party in person will be allowed to enter the Court only after presenting a certificate issued 48 hours prior to the date of hearing, certifying that such person has tested negative for COVID-19. Further, the canteen will be kept closed.

The Gujarat High Court through its circular also emphasized on strict adherence to social distancing and cooperation with the medical screening team from the people entering the Court premises.

The Circular read, “It is hereby informed to all the concerned that in view of the present pandemic situation, following directions have been issued by the Chief Justice on the recommendation of the Standard Operating Procedure Committee constituted to be effective from January 5, 2022, for the said purpose”.

Apparently, the State Government on January 05 reported 3,350 new cases of COVID-19 making the tally reach over 10,000 COVID-19 cases in the State. As far as Omicron cases are concerned the Government reported 50 new Omicron cases, taking the active tally to 92 in the State.