The use of A-4 size paper for filing pleas, was raised by lawyer Ajinkya Udane.
The Bombay High Court took to an environmentally sound pedestal by means of its 'green order'. The HC and all its benches, along with lower courts, will now be using A-4 size sheets for filing pleadings, instead of the 'foolscap size' presently in use. Termed as an "eco-friendly move", this decision will help the court to save large quantities of paper and consequently, a lot of trees and even storage space.
It is noteworthy here that the Supreme Court and several other high courts in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Kerala, Tripura and Himachal Pradesh have already permitted the use of A4-size paper for plea filings.
Registration circular amends rules to permit communications via A-4 papers
The use of A-4 size paper for filing pleas, was raised by lawyer Ajinkya Udane, who filed a PIL through his advocate PR Katneshwarkar. The case is now settled with the permission to use smaller sheets for pleas. Appearing for the court administration, Advocate SR Nargolkar informed a division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G.S. Kulkarni, that a notification to the effect was issued on July 6 and the circular was provisioned on Wednesday
Notified by Registrar General Mahendra Chandwani, the order dated July 14, amends the relevant rules to now allow the use of "superior quality A4 size paper, not having less than 75 GSM with printing on both sides" instead of the "foolscap size paper". The circular is applicable to all high court benches, including the Principal Bench in Mumbai, Nagpur, Aurangabad and Goa, to use A4-size for all communications.
The Division Bench has directed Katneshwarkar to draw a representation to the Registrar General of the High Court, to issue suitable directions regarding the use of A-4 paper in lower courts, across the state. This too, was a part of Udane's query, who said it will be an environment-friendly step to use the smaller size sheets in courts.