The Supreme Court of India has intimated that from now on Advocates-on-Record and Party-in-Person will have to file a soft copy of the petition as well as the accompanying documents, apart from physical filing at the filing counter of the SC Registry.
"Filing of e-Copy shall be a mandatory requirement for listing of the matter before the Hon'ble Courts," the Circular states.
It has been clarified that filing of the petition and the accompanying documents in physical form, and the notification of defects shall be as per the existing procedure. However, at the time of refiling, after curing all the defects, AOR/ Party-in-person, in addition to the Hard Copy to be filed at the filing counter, will be required to file soft copy of the petition and the accompanying documents.
The soft copy is required to be sent to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject of email shall clearly state "Soft copy of petition and the accompanying documents in Diary No…" and the text of email shall contain the verification, as prescribed.
An undertaking of compliance of this requirement has to be enclosed with refiled hard copy.
Additional Registrar (I-B) Incharge shall acknowledge receipt of the soft copy of the petition and the accompanying documents by return email.
Further, the SC has reduced the printing charges from Rs.1.50 per page (Rs.6/- for four copies) to 0.75 paise per page (Rs.3 for four copies) in cases filed through e-filing mode, with effect from tomorrow, i.e. July 28, 2020.