Karnataka High Court has issued guidelines for e-filing and use of video conferencing facility which can be used by members of the bar, in all districts courts, across the state. The e-filing facility is in addition to the manual filing facility available.
As per the notification, the complete Plaint/Appeal Memorandum/Petition in soft copy (scanned PDF format) filed through advocate/Party in person, may be sent from email address of the advocate/Party in person. Further, in case the opposite party is Government soft copies of the same may be sent to the District Government Pleader/s for civil matters and Public Prosecutor/s for criminal matters(which will be made available in the District Court Website) and email ids of concerned authorities respectively.
A brief note explaining the extreme urgency would also accompany with the plaint/memorandum/petition. The same will be placed before Closure period Judge notified by the Principal District Judge of the respective District during closure period. If urgency is considered favourably by the Closure period Judge, necessary intimation of hearing date and time will be informed to the concerned advocate/Party in person as per the directions of the Closure period Judge to the registered email id of the Advocate/Party in person.
Payment of Court Fees and filing of affidavit by party, as of now, are optional but the same will have to be furnished once the normal working of the Court is restored, subject to the orders of the Court.
In case of video conferencing:
On receipt of the email and on clicking on Video Meeting link /or any other mode, any device will be able to connect to the Video Meeting/Call, initiated from the Court for that matter. The link will be sent to only to the advocates representing the parties in the matter or parties in case appearing in person, it is expected that only the advocate/s/party-in-person will join the meeting/call to participate in the hearing of the matter. If such a link is forwarded to another advocate (Senior Counsel etc.), the meeting can be joined by him/her also. The advocate/party-in-person will ensure that the link is not forwarded to any other advocate/person not connected with the matter, case, petition.