The use of mobile phones by staffers of the city civil and sessions court has been prohibited during office hours, and they have been asked to deposit their phones in a specially installed “mobile storage units”. Besides, biometric attendance system would also be introduced in the court from Saturday.
Circulars issued by Registrar J P Shukla on Friday stated “not to use mobile phones during the working hours”. To achieve this purpose, the “mobile storage units” have been installed in every department where the staff members would have to deposit their phones from 11 am to 2 pm and 2.45 pm to 6 pm.
The new system would come into effect from October 1.
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“The Mobile Storage System is going to be introduced with effect from 1/10/26. The mobile storage units have been installed in every department…The staff members of every department shall have to deposit their mobile with their respective head of the department,” states one of the circulars. Another circular issued on Friday under the subject “use of mobile during court working hours” stated that except the Registrar and personal secretaries, all officials of the court have been directed not use phones during office hours.
The Registrar couldn’t be contacted for comment. Several officers of the court said on the condition of anonymity that “staff members were found playing games and unnecessarily using their phones during the office hours, which prompted the authority to bring these circulars. There have been several instances where the attention of the courts was diverted due to phone calls.”
Biometric system for marking presence of the court staffers would also be introduced on Saturday. A circular mentioned: “All staff members in the cadre of bench clerks, superintendent, assistant superintendent, assistants and of the class-IV cadre are directed to mark their presence through Biometric system. The manual attendance system shall continue for a week along with the Biometric system.”