With the surge in the number of Covid19 cases, the district and sessions judge of Dibrugarh has imposed certain restrictions in the functioning of all the courts in the district including the courts at Naharkatia sub-division.

An order, issued by District and Sessions Judge of Dibrugarh, Binod Kumar Chetri on Thursday, said the courts in the district shall function in restricted manner with staggering roaster.

Each court shall publish a special cause list keeping with a view of fixing maximum cases where the presence of advocates are only required.

Rest of the matter in the daily cause list shall be adjourned without any adverse order, it said.

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The order mentioned that entry of outsiders shall be strictly prohibited in the court premises unless specifically directed by the concerned authority or unless personal appearance of a party is required in a judicial proceeding.

No person except the advocates, who are to address arguments, shall be permitted in the court room.

Only one advocate for each case will be permitted to attend the court. Wearing of mask and other Covid19 protocols have to be strictly adhered to inside the court complex, the order said.

Lead advocates or litigants if any entering the court building shall have to provide their name, phone numbers and case number in the dairy maintained in the entrance to keep a record of the footfalls or to keep a trace which may in case be required in future.

The order further mentioned that the hearings will be done in virtual courts as far as practical. The lead advocates can also do the hearing from their residences also through video conferencing.

According to the Covid19 bulletin, released by the NHM Assam, Dibrugarh registered 143 new Covid19 positive cases on Thursday while 1 person died of infection.

Assam reported a total of 10 Covid19 deaths and 1,931 new positive cases on Thursday.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com