District court to start hearing all cases starting on the 20th: LHC
LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Friday ruled that the district court in Punjab will start entertaining institutions of all cases starting April 20, which was previously limited to urgent nature cases only because of locking up the coronavirus.
In directives issued to all district judges and sessions in the province, the Court of Appeal said the work force of bailiffs could be increased given the workload and that each bailiff could be recalled while on duty. It was said that female judges could also be called back on duty if the relevant session of the judge felt necessary. Previously, the LHC had excluded all female court officers from carrying out their duties in view of the precautions taken to control the spread of the new virus. The directive requires the judge to ensure that no more than six lawyers will be present in the courtroom to observe distancing policies. The LHC also extended until April 20 relaxation in terms of restrictions in filing certain petitions. Initially, relaxation was announced from March 24 to April 7.
The new notice issued by the registrar’s LHC said the branch of the judiciary, in its main seat as well as in its branches, the district court and all other legal forums under the control and subordination of the LHC, will now be considered closed from March 24 to April 20 2020.