The Delhi High Court has announced that a service of advance copy of paper-book to the opposite party via email will be an accepted form of service While filing fresh suit/arbitration or other filings in the Ordinary Original Civil jurisdiction .
The announcement has been made pursuant the recommendations made by the judges at the Original side. Considerably, the filing counsel will have to attach an affidavit along with the file, stating that the email has been sent to the concerned counsel/party and that the email did not bounce back.
The notification issues in this behalf read as follows:
"While filing fresh suit/arbitration or other filings in the Ordinary Original Civil jurisdiction of this Court, advance copy of paper book/filing wherever required to be served on the opposite party/counsel, may also be effected by e-mail and the same be accepted by the Registry as adequate proof of service, provided such suits/arbitration or other filings is accompanied with an affidavit of the filing counsel/party to the effect that the e-mail address at which e-mail has been sent is that of the concerned party/counsel and that the e-mail has been delivered and has not bounced back. The affidavit shall also set out they date and time of the e-mail sent and the e-mail address at which it has been sent. The e-mail shall also specify the actual date when the fresh filing is to be listed. In case there are defects and re-filings, the final filing to be accompanied with affidavit of service of e-mail of the fresh date of listing."
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