Taking strong exception to non-compliance with the E-filing procedure notified by it last month, the Gujarat High Court has cautioned that "stringent action" will be taken against those who do not follow the procedure "scrupulously".
The direction was made by Justice Bela M. Trivedi who, while hearing an admiralty suit, noted that the Respondent concerned had filed Affidavit in-reply to the plaint, along with the annexures and judgments running into more than 200 pages via e-mail, without obtaining any permission from the Court.
Justice Bela then remarked that he had also experienced that e-filings were being done by Advocates without pagination and without verifying as to whether the documents are legible or not.
The court was also informed by the Registrar (Judicial) that many Advocates had been sending multiple copies of the same documents to the Registry, causing not only inconvenience to the staff but also burdening court records.
In view thereof, the court ordered,
"Since, the Court has noticed that the instructions/ directions as contained in the aforestated circular are not being adhered to by the parties/ Advocates, it is directed that the said circular shall be scrupulously followed by all concerned, failing which stringent view shall be taken in the matter."
Notably, the High Court had notified the methodology for e-filing and video conferencing vide a circular dated March 22. The same may be accessed here.
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