Normal functioning of Calcutta High Court is likely to resume on June 9, more than two months after proceedings stopped because of the novel coronavirus.
In a notification by registrar general of the court Rai Chatterjee on Monday, the staff were asked to be ready to join duty as and when the Chief Justice issued an order for the resumption of the regular proceedings.
In his notification, Chatterjee informed the staff that the high court administration was trying to arrange for vehicles to pick them up from specific points in the city and the adjoining areas and return home.
Various lawyers’ bodies wanted the court to reopen soon. Most of the lawyers said the proceedings should be conducted by maintaining social distancing where only judges and lawyers of respective parties would be allowed to be present during hearing.
The advocates said litigants, law clerks and lawyers unrelated to the hearing should be barred from entering courtrooms. The high court administration also plans to restrict the entry of common people and litigants after the resumption of the court work.
In the evening on Tuesday, the leaders of Calcutta High Court Bar Association in a letter requested the registrar general to request the high court administration to take any decision on the normal functioning only after discussions with the office-bearers of Bar Association, Bar Library Club and Incorporated Law Society of the court.
According to an informed source, the state also gave green light to the court administration to reopen the high court and promised that regular transport would be available on and from June 9.
The normal functioning of the high court had stopped on March 20 because of Covid-19. But important cases were taken up for hearing through videoconference.