- Punjab-Haryana High Court closed during Corona period
- High court is conducting virtual hearing, instructions have been issued to lawyers
- The lawyers have been told that the décorum of the room from which to join the hearing should be like a court room.
- Despite the instructions of the High Court, the lawyers are negligent during the hearing
The Punjab-Haryana High Court was conducting a virtual hearing in a case. Several lawyers were also involved in the hearing of the ongoing case in the bench of Justice BS Walia. During the hearing, it was found
A video clip of the incident went viral in the WhatsApp group of lawyers. On Thursday, this clip was shared fiercely among the lawyers. The incident occurred during the hearing of a case on Thursday before a single bench of Justice BS Walia. While the trial was going on, a lawyer started eating watermelon in front of the camera.
Lawyers seen busy eating watermelon
Meanwhile, Justice Walia notices that the lawyer was so busy eating watermelon that he was not paying attention in the debate. Justice jokingly told the lawyer, ‘Shree … (name of lawyer) Enjoy your watermelon.’
Getting Online Hearing Only
The Punjab-Haryana High Court has been hearing cases online for the past one year, although the High Court started hearing some cases in court on the demand of lawyers but later it was closed in view of the increasing Corona cases.
There are orders for such a hearing
For online case hearings, attorneys have been asked to connect through approved software. Also, he has also been asked to ensure that the room where he is hearing online is in secluded room and there is no disturbance. Lawyers have been clearly told that virtual judicial proceedings should be conducted with the same courtesy and protocol as in the course of judicial proceedings in court.