Jammu and Kashmir High Court Alert Regarding new Covid variant Omicron, new guidelines issued

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All precautionary steps are being taken in Jammu and Kashmir amidst the turmoil due to the availability of a new variant Omicron. While the state administration is taking appropriate measures to prevent this possible outbreak, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court has also issued further instructions regarding the Covid-19 protocol in the courts at its level.

The High Court has made it mandatory for all the courts of the state to strictly follow the Covid-19 protocol, without vaccine lawyers and petitioners to enter the premises in the court, lawyers to enter the court premises only after the case is listed in the court premises. They have been instructed to wear masks and follow the necessary distance. Furthermore, the High Court has said that where necessary, the witness or petitioner should be produced. For this, it will be mandatory for them to have a vaccination certificate and give prior information.

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In view of the latest guidelines of the High Court and the advice of the World Health Organization, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association has also issued a new advisory at its level. To discuss the latest situation, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Senior Advocate MK Bhardwaj, President of the Association, in which all the members of the Association were instructed to strictly follow the latest guidelines issued by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court and the State Administration.

The Association has issued a circular after the meeting, advising all the lawyers to adopt a physical distance of at least one meter from each other in the court premises, wear masks and appear online in case of ill health. According to the President of the Association, Bhardwaj, all precautionary steps are being taken in the court premises because of the new challenge, and most of the lawyers and staff members are fully vaccinated.