The High Court started normal functions dealing all sorts of cases with physical presence of judges, lawyers and others concerned on Wednesday.
The development came following an initiative of Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain who preferred normal court proceedings to ameliorate litigant suffering five months into interregnum due to corona outbreak.A total of 18 benches of the High Court conducted hearings and dealt with cases and petitions in the presence of lawyers and court staffs on the first day of normal proceedings.
Besides, 35 benches of the High Court discharged their functions virtually.
Of the regular benches, 15 were division and three single benches. Meanwhile, 24 division and 11 single benches were operative.
The court authorities took adequate measures to ensure social distancing to check Covid-19 spread.
Use of face masks and sanitisers was widespread in the courtroom, record room, lawyers’ chambers and other places on the premises.
Functions of the judiciary came to a halt on March 25 after detection of corona infection in the country. The upper and lower judiciaries came into virtual functions in a limited scale to dispose off bail petitions and emergency matters.Lawyers across the country had a longstanding demand for physical court as many of them are not conversant with virtual proceedings.
The lower courts across the country already returned to normal functions a few days ago to reduce case backlogs and give legal redress to the aggrieved people.
Chamber Judge and full bench of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court are operating virtually as yet.