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Public Interest Litigation in Karnataka High Court for Use of A4 Size Paper with Double Printing at Karnataka High Court and Subordinate Court [READ PETITION]

By Neha Bharti      08 October, 2020 08:17 PM      0 Comments
Public Interest Litigation in Karnataka High Court for Use of A4 Size Paper with Double Printing at Karnataka High Court and Subordinate Court [READ PETITION]

Public interest litigation has been filed by three law students Akiriti Agarwal, Bhavana M, and Lakshya Purohit urging the use of A4 size paper and double printing of the paper for all purposes in the Karnataka High Court and district courts in the Karnataka. 

Two Judge Bench comprising of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Ashok S Kinagi issued the notice returnable on November 12 while hearing a petition filed by 3 law students.

The Petitioner has earlier approached the Supreme Court of India for implementing the use of A4 Size and double printing of paper in the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has passed a circular on March 5, 2020, directing for mandatory usage of A4 size paper with double printing for all purposes. The circular passed by the Supreme Court was implemented by the High Court of Calcutta, Kerala, and Tripura. 

The petition states that Rule 2 of Chapter XII of High Court of Karnataka Rules, 1959 mandates that the use of foolscap paper which in common parlance is known as' legal sheet '. Further, the rule specified that the paper should be printed or written on both sides. Rule 7(1) of the Karnataka Civil Rules of Practice, 1967 mandates that the use of white durable or A4 size sheet for pleadings and related documents. 

In the petition, it was contended that since the Supreme Court has already implemented the usage of A4 size paper and printing on both sides for all purposes. Hence, it becomes necessary for uniformity and easy access to Justice High Court of Karnataka must also implement the usage of A4 size paper and printing on both sides instead of continuing the arbitrary and costly practice of using the legal-size paper or foolscap paper. 

The petitioner claimed that the practice of using legal-size paper or foolscap paper is a British colonial practice. Using a specific type of paper is an unnecessary barrier and hurdle in the dispensation and administration of justice. The prime purpose of any legal system is for people to avail of easy and speedy justice not to remain stuck with the shackles of unjustified formality of using different size papers. Therefore, it is an arbitrary exercise and it is in violation of Article 14 and Article 21 of the Constitution of India, 1950. 

Petitioner also said that using double-sided printing of A4 size paper is not detrimental to the health of our environment as there would be no more cutting of trees, no more wastage of paper, and no more degradation of the environment. To prevent such serious damages to the environment, it is necessary to mandate the usage of A4 size paper in Karnataka High Court and its Subordinate Court. 

The petitioner prayed in Karnataka High Court that:

"Pass an order directing the respondent or competent authority to amend Rule 2 of Chapter XII of High Court of Karnataka Rules, 1959 to mandate the use of A4 size paper, printed on both sides for the purpose of presentation of all the pleadings and supporting documents in the High Court of Karnataka and its all subordinate Court. Or

 Alternatively, pass an order directing the respondent to pass an 'Administrative Order' to ensure the mandatory usage of standard A4 size paper printing on both the side of the paper for all purposes in this Hon’ble Court and its subordinate courts". 



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