KOCHI: A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court, headed by Justice K T Sankaran, on Friday recalled its earlier order to issue notices to appellants in a criminal appeal after noticing that the counsel for the appellants were not present during the hearing.
The court also recalled the order asking the Registrar to issue notice regarding the absence of the counsel at the time of hearing.
Kerala High Court Advocates’ Association president John Varghese submitted that the absence of counsel in the court on Wednesday and Thursday was not deliberate.
He submitted that many counsel rely on the list published by the High Court on its website.
As the list of the cases posted in court-2B was not mentioned on the website, the counsel were under the impression that no sitting was scheduled in the court, which resulted in their failure to appear before the court.
He further submitted that the bar would wholeheartedly cooperate with the court, and ensure that there would not be any instance in future wherein the court would be unable to function due to the absence of counsel.
The court also observed that the cases posted for final hearing before the court were not published as daily listed cases.
The practice being followed is that cases are listed in the High Court notice board, and also on the website.
The Registrar General informed that the Chief Justice had directed the registry to publish cases posted for final hearing in the daily list.
The Division Bench also observed that members of the bar of the Kerala High Court always extended their support and cooperation for the smooth functioning of the court to its full extent.