CHENNAI: The days of virtual hearings are over at the Madras high court which has now announced that proceedings would be held only in-person from Monday (January 3, 2022) at both the principal seat in Chennai and at the Madurai bench.
“All virtual hearings on video-conferencing platforms will remain suspended with effect from January 3, 2022. It is made clear that hearing of cases will be only through physical mode in the Madras high court,” read a notification from the office of registrar-general, P Dhanabal.
Advocates and the registered advocate-clerks are permitted to enter the high court premises through all gate-entries Gate No 2 (MBA Gate), Gate No 3 (Aavin Gate), Esplanade Gate, South Gate (city civil court gate). Entry is subject to strict adherence of the prevailing security and Covid protocol norms.
The restrictions on the entry of litigants, parties appearing in person and other persons, except those whose presence is specifically required by the courts concerned in relation to the court proceedings and witnesses for the purpose of deposition before the courts, etc., will, however, continue to remain in force.
The canteens inside the high court premises will be kept open from 11am to 3pm on all working days with strict adherence to hygiene and Covid protocol norms, said the notification. This is in partial modification of the earlier directions issued by a notification dated November 9, 2021 with regard to hearing of cases and entry of advocates and litigants. However, other directions regarding entry of advocates, litigants mentioned in the November 9 fiat will continue.