Today, three Benches of this Hon’ble Court functioned/worked according to the reduced Roster issued in light of the Policy spelt out in the meeting of the National Judicial (Policy Making) Committee held on 19.03.2020. All precautionary measures, including screening at all entry gates of Lawyers as well as the Court Staff have been put in place and implemented, including placement of hand sanitizers and wash basins at a number of places in the building. Non essential staff, employees over 50 and female staff have been permitted to work from home.
2. Various Lawyers appeared before the Benches where their cases were heard and appropriate orders passed. In line with the Policy put in place in order to battle the situation arising out of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) spelt out in the decisions taken in the aforesaid meeting of 19th March, 2020, the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan affirmed and reiterated that Benches of the Supreme Court of Pakistan as well as the respective High Courts would be available in the Court premises to hear matters brought before them and pass appropriate orders as may be necessary.
3. Further, unless absolutely necessary the general public has been advised to refrain from coming to the Courts. Since their Lawyers can approach the Supreme Court of Pakistan or other Courts (as the case may be) after taking precautionary measures and following the precautionary protocols including screening put in place by the Government as well as the Supreme Court of Pakistan and other Courts.
4. While respecting and following precautionary measures advised and put in place by the Government as well as the Supreme Court of Pakistan, the Judicial Organ of the State is available and performing its constitutional duties and functions to safeguard the rights of the citizens.