The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the Bill related to increasing the pecuniary jurisdiction of district courts from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 2 crore, a move that will pave the way for justice at the doorstep in matters of civil litigation in the capital.
Protesting district court lawyers called off their two-week-long strike after the Lok Sabha passed the Delhi High Court (Amendment) Bill, 2015.
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The Bill proposes that civil suits up to Rs 2 crore will be heard by the 11 district courts in the city instead of the Delhi High Court. Litigants will no longer have to travel to the High Court but go to one of the district courts instead.
The Bill will affect 12,211 cases pending in the High Court, according to data cited by the Departmental Standing Committee on Law and Justice.
“The property value in and around Delhi has increased manifold. Even the present monetary jurisdiction has become so low that a case pertaining to a very small property has to be filed before the High Court,” Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda said during the debate in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
“Under such circumstances, keeping in view the need to provide justice at the doorstep of people, enhancing the pecuniary jurisdiction will facilitate the general public to access the district courts in the vicinity of their location,” added Gowda.
The district court lawyers, who had been on an indefinite strike since July 21, welcomed the move, saying it was the victory of the litigants.
“We were on strike to protect the interest of litigants. Not only will the move make justice more accessible, it will also result in lower pendency and faster disposal of civil matter. We want to thank the government and all judicial officers who supported the Bill,” said advocate R K Wadhwa, president, co-ordination committee, All Delhi District Court Bar Association.