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Use of plain English in legal dealings: Supreme Court takes up plea, issues notice

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New Delhi (ILNS): A petition had been filed in the Supreme Court by Dr Subhash Vijayran, an advocate by profession and proponent of the use of plain language, specifically English in all legal dealings and writings. A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justice A.S. Bopanna and Justice V. Ramasubramanian today took up the petition and sought the response of the Centre.

The plea – reported by India Legal on October 10 – seeks directions facilitating access to justice by the common man by use of plain language and by placing a page limit on pleadings and a time limit on oral arguments. 

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Dr Vijayran has also urged the court to direct the Department of Justice to issue guides or handbooks in Plain English and in vernacular which is easily understandable by laymen. The petitioner has also sought direction to use Plain Language in drafting and issuing all government rules, regulations, notifications, communications etc., which are of interest to the general public.


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