NEW VISTAS: The Supreme Court in New Delhi
NEW DELHI: From Monday, October 2, any advocate-on-record or petitioner-in-person can file a case in the Supreme Court here through the Internet, from anywhere in the world.
This is the first time e-filing is being made available by any court in the country. The Court will be accessible through the website www.supremecourtofindia.nic.in.
According to the Registrar-General of the Court, a user-friendly programme with interactive features has been prepared by the National Informatics Centre. Step-by-step guidelines for e-filing are available on the website. E-filing will obviate the need for a visit to the Supreme Court for filing and re-filing.
The court fee and printing charges at Rs. 1.50 a page can be paid through any visa/master credit/debit card. No additional court fee or processing fee will have to be paid for e-filing.
The Supreme Court Registry will give every advocate-on-record a password, which can be changed subsequently by accessing the website.
As the advocate alone knows the password, it will not be possible for any other person to file any matter or document on his or her behalf.
The petitioner-in-person will, however, have to submit proof of his or her identity such as ration card/PAN card/ identity card/driving licence/voter ID card by scanning the document.
The text can be typed on the computer whereas documents including affidavits and "vakalatnamas" can be submitted by scanning them.
Counter/rejoinder/fresh applications/caveat/additional documents can also be filed throughthe website.
Further, it will be possible to make any modification before the matter is finally submitted to the Court.
Any defects found by the Supreme Court Registry will be communicated to the person filing the case and he can remove them.
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