Courts in India are reportedly switching to Video Calls to hear cases amidst the coronavirus outbreak. According to a report from ANI, the Supreme Court today said that “there will be no more in-person hearings till further orders in keeping with social distancing guidelines”. The court will conduct video call conferencing to hear urgent matters, while all low-priority cases have been postponed indefinitely. It leads to close down the lawyers chambers inside the court premises.
Some of the other courts that have also taken similar decisions include the Gujarat High Court which introduced e-Filing and video call conferencing to avoid public gatherings within court premises, and the Karnataka High Court, which said it’ll use OTT apps like Skype to hear cases until further notice.
New Delhi, where the Supre Court is located, is currently under a lockdown until March 31st as part of a directive from the state government on Sunday evening. Schools, colleges, shopping malls, theaters, pubs and most other places of public gatherings across the city are closed, and even ride aggregators like Uber and Ola have suspended their services in the city until the end of the month.