The Supreme Court has decided to stop all court proceedings in the country until further notice in a bid to control the spread of novel coronavirus.
The decision was taken at a full court meeting chaired by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain through video conference on Sunday, the Supreme Court administration said after the meeting.
A full court meeting is a meeting of all judges of the Appellate and High Court divisions, chaired by the Chief Justice.
Most of the judges of the Appellate and High Court divisions participated in the full court meeting held from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm on Sunday, it added.
As per the decision taken in the full court meeting, the Supreme Court will request the president to introduce a virtual court by issuing an ordinance until it is amended.
At the same time, the meeting has decided to form a committee to amend the Appellate Division rules and the High Court Division rules to add a provision to hold virtual hearings on very urgent cases.
The rules of both divisions of the Supreme Court do not have any provision for the establishment of virtual courts, a source in the apex court said.
Earlier, the chief justice took a decision to run court activities on a limited scale to dispose of very urgent cases during the holidays.