With Parliament in session, the issue of the Delhi High Court Pecuniary Jurisdiction Bill or the Delhi High Court Amendment Bill, 2014, has flared up once again, with lawyers of both the district courts and the High Court up in arms over it. The bar associations of the six district courts have called for an indefinite strike, which started on Tuesday and will go on, according to them, “till the Bill is passed in Parliament.”
In response, the Delhi High Court Bar Association (DHCBA) has called a two-strike from Wednesday, to “register a strong protest” against tabling of the Delhi High Court Amendment Bill, 2014, without the Commercial Courts Bill being tabled along with it.
- Lok Sabha passes Bill to increase district courts’ pecuniary jurisdiction
- Strike stalls work in HC, lawyers meet Upadhyay
- Districts court lawyers to go on strike tomorrow
- District courts get nod to hear suits up to Rs 2 crore
- Districts courts go on strike on Monday
- Lawyers strike in HC,no work likely today
A series of strikes, protests and meetings have marked the three years since the High Court approved a proposal to increase its pecuniary jurisdiction to Rs 2 crore. So far, cases valued at up to Rs 20 lakh are heard before the district courts, with cases of any higher value going to the High Court.
While lawyers of district courts have welcomed the move, as more cases will now go to the lower courts, High Court lawyers have opposed it.
The amendment Bill had been passed by the Rajya Sabha in May, but was not tabled before the Lok Sabha.
The DHCBA has demanded that the Commercial Courts Bill 2015, which calls for the creation of dedicated courts for commercial cases at the trial court and High Court levels, and fixes the pecuniary jurisdiction of all High Courts in commercial cases, should be tabled along with the Delhi High Court Amendment Bill.