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Treat Doctor, Medical Witnesses with Dignity: High Court tells Judicial Officers

Treat Doctor, Medical Witnesses with Dignity: High Court tells Judicial Officers
Telangana: Responding to the letter to the High Court for the State of Telangana sent by a Civil Assistant Surgeon, Area Hospital, who had a warrant issued against him on account of being late for a hearing, the Telangana High Court recently reminded all judicial officers to treat medical witnesses with dignity.
In his letter the Dr. B.M. Chandrasekar, Civil Assistant Surgeon, Area Hospital, Suryapet, brought to the notice of the High Court that summons were served on him to attend the Court on 13.12.2018 in connection with a case and that he went to the Court on 13.12.2018 at 11.10 am after finishing some Surgical Work at the Area Hospital. The Judge curtly informed that as he was not present at 10.30 am, the case was adjourned and a warrant was issued against him. He was discourteously treated by the Court and that therefore requested to direct all the Judicial Officers in the State to deal with expert witness in a decent and humane way and not to harass them unnecessarily.
Taking serious cognisance of the letter, the High Court for the State of Telangana issued a circular all the unit heads, judicial officers as well as the registrar of the high court reiterating  the Earlier Instructions in the matter and clear cut stating that medical witnesses have to be treated with dignity
As directed, attention of all the Judicial Officers in the State are drawn to the Circular instructions of the High Court, wherein the following instructions are given with regard to medical witnesses:
1) Fixing uniform time through out the State for deposition by Medical Witnesses.
2) Allowing the Medical Witnesses to sit along with Lawyers, if they observe the dress code.
3) Giving the seven days clear notice while issuing summons to Medical Witnesses show as to enable them to take alternative arrangements, etc.
4) Treating the medical witnesses with dignity.
” Therefore, the High Court hereby reiterates the earlier circulars issued by the High Court in the matter (Copy enclosed) and directs all the Judicial Officers in the State of Telangana to follow the above instructions scrupulously,” the circular added

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  1. We are thankful to the High court which realise,acted upon and directed its own judges.

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    Rita Choudhary May 17, 2019, 1:45 pm

    great job Dr B M chandrasekar , thanx

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    G V A Rama Rao May 17, 2019, 11:01 am

    Very glad to share the circular instructions of the court. Before this incident there are court orders on
    1) medical witness is to be taken giving priority.2) Dress code instructions are not mandatory as there is no prescribed dress.3) Medical evidence can be recorded in the evening session with prior intimation by the doctor. 4) Due enquiry should be conducted as to the cause of delay or absence at his departmental higher authority before issuing warrant. Most of the directions of the court are already in force. Finally i wish to mention that giving evidence in the court is a part of doctors duty and not a full time work.

  4. Doctors/Medical witnesses are already treated with dignity during courtroom proceedings. However, this pampered treatment made most doctors arrogant and above others. One can always observe their behaviour in their own turf/hospitals etc. Doctors are always the most complaining group in India.

  5. What\’s wrong with you? Be calm

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    Dr Balwant Singh sikarwar May 17, 2019, 10:59 am

    your knowledge about medical profession is Zero.Read above high court circular carefully.Doctor was performing surgery that is why he was late.

  7. Doctors save lives. Even ungrateful ones like yours.

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    Nishad S Chitnis May 17, 2019, 9:07 am

    Ever been a court witness pal?

  9. Some creatures like you needed different treatment although treatment with dignity should be norm for any individual.