Courts remain open, but lawyers still in the dark

Courts remain open, but lawyers still in the dark

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Legal practitioners are concerned about the lack of clarity regarding the courts’ continued operations during the looming lockdown, with different courts giving contradictory messages to that of the office of the Chief Justice.

Legal practitioners around the country say they have been left in the lurch ahead of the Covid-19 lockdown. The Office of the Chief Justice today announced that the courts would remain open “to a limited extent” throughout the duration of the upcoming three-week forced stay-at-home, but lawyers and advocates say they still do not know how they will be expected to operate during this period and beyond. “Broadly, the courts will, as an essential service, remain open for the filing of papers and hearing of urgent applications, bail applications and appeals or matters relating to violations of liberty, domestic violence,...




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