In a bid to minimize paper consumption, the Tripura High Court on Monday approved the use of A4 size papers for filing documents, with print on both the sides, both in the high court as well as the courts subordinate to it.
As per the notice, the litigants/counsels in all the courts in Tripura will have to adhere to the following specifications of paper and font type:
"Superior quality A4 size paper (293 cm X 21 cm) having not less than 75 GSM printing on both sides of paper with font — Times New Roman, font size 14, in one and half line spacing (for quotations and indents — font size 12 in single line spacing), with margin of 4 cm on left & right and 2 cm on top & bottom."
The high court has further ordered that for all internal communications and official purposes of the High Court Registry and other Courts of District Judiciary, "A4 size paper (29.7 x 21 cm) having not less than 75 GSM would be utilized and except for the judgments of the Courts, printing may be done on both sides in all documents."
The move is in line with the Supreme Court's decision to allow the use of A4 size papers with print on both the sides for filing purposes.
The Indian courts have recently become active in upholding the environmental interests, by reducing the use of paper.
Last month, the Calcutta High Court paved way for the use of white A4 sheets for filings on both its Original and Appellate sides. The Gujarat High Court had also issued a circular, permitting double-sided printing on papers in 15 areas of working in the Registry.
Similarly, the High Courts of Madras and Rajasthan have done away with manual printing of manual cause lists and have started to make them readily available online.