LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday launched a new ‘email system’ for the district judiciary of the province to send out bail orders to avoid coronavirus infection by following social distancing rules.
The top court of the province also instructed all district and sessions judges in Punjab under the domain of the principal seat that every order received through the email system should be verified from the officials concerned of the LHC. The orders sent through the email system by two data entry operators deputed for the purpose should be considered valid till further orders in addition to the general process, the notification read.
Previously, the LHC had undertaken strict measures at the entry points of the court premises to prevent the spread of the virus.
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Only litigants were allowed to attend their case proceedings and those accompanying them were barred from entry to avoid crowding.
The litigants were asked to stay outside the courtrooms and allowed entry only when their case was called.
The dining facility has also been discontinued in the LHC cafeteria till April 5. Only takeaway services can be utilised.
In another step, the LHC has directed the superintendents of jails to file bail applications of the accused and convicts of different categories to prevent further spread of the pandemic. The district judiciary director general (DG) forwarded the notification to all district and sessions judges, explaining the different categories of the accused and convicts to be considered for release.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 3rd, 2020.