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Delhi High Court to take final call on use of A4 paper with printing on both sides

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The Delhi High Court on Friday was informed that its Rules Committee has resolved to use A4 size paper with printing on both sides for all judicial work. 

The Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Yashwant Varma was dealing with a public interest litigation seeking the use of A4 size paper with both sides printing for filing before the Delhi High Court and all subordinate courts in the capital. 

During the course of hearing, Advocate Virag Gupta, representing the petitioner, submitted that 16 High Courts in the country as well as the Apex Court have already adopted the practice of double sided printing on A4 paper and urged that the same may be adopted by the Delhi High Court as well.

On the other hand, the counsel representing the Delhi High Court apprised the court that a decision with regard to use of A4 size paper with both sides printing has already been undertaken on the administrative side; however the decision is pending approval by the Full Court.  

In this regard, the Bench granted time for a final decision to be undertaken in the matter and slated it for October 11, 2022.
The instant petition has been moved by the Centre for Accountability and Systemic Change (CASC) seeking usage of double-sided A4 papers by the Delhi High Court and the subordinate courts in the city for all judicial and administrative work. The plea further sought a direction to the Ministry of Law and Justice to issue an advisory for the implementation of the decision for the use of A4 size sheets of papers of adequate quality and for printing of the said paper on both sides with a view to save the environment.
In April this year, Gupta submitted that though the Delhi High Court has directed the use of A4 size sheets of paper uniformly in all jurisdictions, in all kinds of pleadings contained in petitions, affidavits, applications or other documents as well as in memorandum of appeals, orders and judgments of the High Court as well as in all the District Courts of Delhi, the suggestion that both sides of paper be used has not been examined.

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