Annual judicial summer holidays cancelled for courts

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Manama, May 27 (BNA): The annual judicial holidays for all courts have been cancelled, Court of Cassation President and Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) Deputy President, Chancellor Abdulla bin Hassan Al-Buainain, announced.

The move is in line with the SJC’s to develop the work of courts, and finalise the cases that had been postponed as a result of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), he said.

Chancellor Al-Buainain added that judges are working at full capacity to conclude the pending cases in order to reduce the number of accumulated cases, and achieve speedy justice.

The decision to cancel the annual judicial holiday was taken in coordination between the Supreme Judicial Council, the Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments, the Public Prosecution and the Bahrain Bar Society.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the judicial sector has made major digital transformation strides through the inauguration of new services that allow electronic filing of cases and submitting of all defence statements, pleadings and applications to the courts during all stages of the case, including issuance of verdicts.

The SJC valued highly the efforts being exerted to confront coronavirus, noting that it is keen to put in place all precautionary measures to protect the health and safety of judges, lawyers and litigants.