Oct 26, Colombo: Courts will not function for regular work within areas where Quarantine Curfew has been imposed, the Bar Association of Sri Lanka announced.
Accordingly, the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Civil Appellate High Courts, Commercial High Courts, Provincial High Courts, District Courts and Magistrates’ Courts, in the Hulftsdorp Court premises, which falls within the Keselwatta Police Area where a curfew has been imposed, will not function.
Meanwhile, in view of the situation that has developed in certain parts of the country due to the outbreak of COVID 19, the Judicial Service Commission has issued instructions to all High Court Judges, Judicial Officers and Presidents of Labor Tribunals with the aim of preventing the spread of COVID 19.
Courts situated in areas where curfew has been imposed, should publish the reschedule dates of all cases (calling and trial) listed for the days on which curfew is in force by way of a notice.
Magistrates and Additional Magistrates are instructed to attend to remand extension matters and wherever possible extension of remand should be done by electronic means.
Judges and Judicial Officers should ensure that only the minimum number of staff required is requested to report to work, preferably on a rotational basis, in order to facilitate maintaining of social distancing.
Judges and Judicial Officers of courts situated in areas where there is no curfew in operation, are directed to review the situation prevalent within its geographical jurisdiction in consultation with the relevant health authorities and take appropriate decisions regarding listing and hearing of cases including on rescheduling of cases (calling and/or trials) by publication of notices.
The Judges and Judicial Officers are instructed to strictly adhere to relevant health guidelines and advisories should always be ensured when court hearings are conducted.
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