The Delhi High Court Amendment Act, 2015 Enacted

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The Ministry of Law & Justice has notified that the Delhi High Court Amendment Act, 2015. After receiving the assent of the President of India, the act has been brought into force from October 26, 2015.

The Act provides for enhancement of pecuniary jurisdiction of the District Courts of Delhi from Rs. 20 lakh to Rs. 2 crore. The last revision of pecuniary jurisdiction of District Courts in Delhi was done in 2003, when it was raised from Rs. 5 lakh to Rs. 20 lakh.

Increasing the pecuniary jurisdiction of Districts Courts of Delhi would lessen the burden of Delhi High Court and there would be substantive improvement in disposal of cases in subordinate courts. This will facilitate access of the general public to 11 District Courts located in 6 District Court Complexes within the vicinity of their location, ensuring speedy justice to the litigants at their door steps.

It is also expected that it will cut the cost of litigation, because it is assumed that the cost of hiring a district court lawyer is much less than that of engaging a High Court counsel.

The pecuniary jurisdiction refers to the jurisdiction of a court over a civil suit, based on the value of its subject matter. Delhi’s district courts could so far try civil suits valued only up to Rs 20 lakh. Suits amounting to over Rs 20 lakh would lie before the High Court. With the passage of the Delhi High Court (Amendment), Bill 2014, district courts have jurisdiction over suits valued up to Rs 2 crore.

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