Supreme Court asks HCs to make e-filing of cases mandatory in certain types of cases from Jan 1

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October 17, 2021 12:49 PM

The letter assumes significance in view of the fact that the judiciary has been forced to take recourse to the technology and has been conducting hearings through video conferencing.

The apex court said it appeared that the evidence was being collected in the lynching case to protect one particular accused, alluding to the son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra.The apex court said it appeared that the evidence was being collected in the lynching case to protect one particular accused, alluding to the son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra.

Taking a step towards digitisation of the judiciary, the Supreme Court has asked high courts in the country to make e-filing of petitions mandatory from January 1 next year before them in certain types of cases.

In a communication of October 9, the chairman of the E-Committee of the apex court has asked the high courts registries to ensure “e-filing of cases/petitions by the government in all types of matters to be made mandatory from January 1, 2022. After such a date, there should be no physical filing of cases by the government in any matter.”

The letter assumes significance in view of the fact that the judiciary, after being hit by COVID-19 and consequential restrictions imposed in March 2020, has been forced to take recourse to the technology and has been conducting hearings through video conferencing.

“E-filing is to be made compulsory for all, in some categories of matters like revenue, tax, arbitration, commercial disputes and any other category as deemed fit by the high court…,” reads the letter written to the high courts.

Lawsuits for money recovery, cheque bounce complaints, applications for maintenance, petitions for divorce by mutual consent and bail applications can also be considered for mandatory e-filing, the letter said.

“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,” it said.

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