Delhi CM justifies ‘very less’ court fee hike after 55 years
TO PACIFY protesting lawyers, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said on Monday that the revision of court fee after 55 years is ‘very less’.
“The rates have been revised after a long period of 55 years. The intention behind revision is not to fill coffers of the government but to facilitate submission of court fee,” said Dikshit.
The court fee of Rs 1.25 was being levied for the issue of copy of translation of judgement/ order/decree, which has been rationalised to make it Rs 10 per page.
Similarly for issue of copy of any revenue or judicial proceeding or order used to be just 65 paise which has been hiked to Rs 10. The court fee of 40 paise, Rs 1.25 etc., has been rationalised between Rs 10-Rs 20 as currency in paisa has become outdated and it is not being accepted in general.
For Vakalatnama the existing court fee of Rs 1.25 and Rs 5.25 have been rationalised to Rs 10 and Rs 20 respectively.
Dikshit also advocated that the new rates would definitely facilitate implementation of e-Court Project in the Capital City.
"The intention behind revision is not to fill coffers of the govt but to facilitate submission of court fee”
While reacting to a day long strike of lawyers in the lower courts, Dikshit stated that the fee schedules have been revised both in terms of language and entries as well as in terms of currency in use and on the basis of current realities and practices.
The chief minister stated that the revision in general is 10 times. But in real terms, revision is very less as far as the revised rate is concerned in many cases.
Dikshit further stated that the revision seeks to rationalise the rates when compared to the rise in consumer price index.