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Key Takeaways

  • Physical filing of cases by the government will not be allowed after 1 January 2022.
  • The High Courts will be responsible for issuing any circulars or notifications regarding the same.
  • The judiciary has been attempting to digitize courts, and streamline its system. The aim is to reduce the environmental impact of using paper.

Introduction

  • The Chairman of the E-Committee of the Supreme Court has sent a letter to all High Courts directing them to ensure all cases filed by the government are done only through e-filing.
  • Physical filing of cases by the government will not be allowed after 1 January 2022. Until now parties had the option of filing physical copies of the documents along with e-copies.
  • For other litigants, in some categories E-filing will be compulsory, to be determined by what the High Court deems fit.
  • E-filing will be required for petitions, appeals, and revisions against the judgments and orders of the subordinate courts. For filing a revision petition or appeal, the record from the trial court can be linked with the revision court.
  • Additionally, suits for recovery of money complaints under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, applications for maintenance, petitions for divorce by mutual consent, bail applications may also be considered for e-filing.
  • The High Courts will be responsible for issuing any circulars or notifications regarding the same.

Reason for E-filing

  • The judiciary has been attempting to digitize courts, and streamline its system. The aim is to reduce the environmental impact of using paper.
  • The system will also make locating specific documents easier.

Questions

  • Why is e-filing being made compulsory?
  • Who has to make the guidelines regarding the e-filing of cases?

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