The Supreme Court e-committee has sent a letter to all high courts directing them to ensure that all petitions and cases filed by the government will be done only by way of e-filing. The new rules will come into effect from January 1, 2022.
E-filing will be compulsory for certain categories of matters such as revenue, tax, arbitration, commercial disputes and any other category as deemed fit by the concerned High Court from January 1 for other litigants, including individual persons.
The committee advisory said petitions, appeals and revisions against judgments/ orders of subordinate courts will also be compulsorily filed through e-fling mode from January 1, 2022. In case of e-filing of an appeal or revision, the required record of the trial court could be digitally linked with the appellate/revisional court.
The e-committee, headed by Justice DY Chandrachud, has also suggested that matters such as suits for money recovery, complaints under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, applications for maintenance, petitions for divorce by mutual consent, bail applications etc. can also be considered for e-filing. An appropriate practice note/circular can be issued to withdraw the requirement of submission of physical copies of the case file if e-filing has been made.
The high courts would have to frame rules regarding which these categories would be included in e-filing.
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