Mr. Vishnu Sharma, the Secretary of the Bar Council of Delhi, has written to the Delhi High Court to allow e-filing for ordinary (non-urgent) matters in district courts of Delhi.
Citing that the High Court has opened up a link for e-filing of non urgent matters, both fresh and pending, the letter claims that the said facility can also be extended for district courts.
Mr Sharma submits that it is uncertain as to how long this pandemic would continue. Hence, as a fraternity, one has to learn to live with it while following social distancing and other security measures.
Allowing e-filing for ordinary matters in the district courts would be beneficial for lawyers appearing before such courts who are already burdened with so many fresh filings and are waiting for the lockdown to be lifted.
The letter states that:
'The filing during lockdown by taking recourse to the link generated will be taken up for scrutiny only after the lockdown is lifted, unless otherwise directed. Once these filings are taken up for scrutiny, the concerned Advocates or litigant(s) in person will be informed as to whether or not the filings contained any objection(s) as the same measure adopted by Delhi High Court.'
Mr Sharma further suggests the court that Advocates and litigants in person can take recourse to the Designated Counter(s) of e-filing set up for this purpose in the District Courts i.e. Tis Hazari, Patiala House, Karkardooma, Rohini, Dwarka, Saket and Rouse Avenue Court. During the subsistence of lockdown, scanning facility for the aforesaid purpose would be available, free of cost, at all the aforesaid Designed Counters.