Supreme Court grants exemption from filing petitions and other documents in A4 size till June 15
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Supreme Court grants exemption from filing petitions and other documents in A4 size till June 15

The exemption will only be granted in cases where lawyers or parties-in-person place an application seeking the same, expressing the difficulty faced by them in using A4 size paper.

Shruti Mahajan

The Supreme Court today exempted lawyers and petitioners-in-person from filing petitions and documents on A4 size paper in light of the difficulties faced due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

The Apex Court had earlier made it mandatory for all filings to be made on A4 size paper starting April 1 this year. However, it has now decided to grant exemptions to this rule, owing to the difficulties faced by the members of the Bar and others in the wake of the lockdown.

The exemption will only be granted in cases where lawyers or parties-in-person file an application seeking the same, expressing the difficulty faced by them in using A4 size paper.

"The Advocate-on-Record/ Party-in-person may file an application seeking exemption to use A4 size paper specifying the circumstances to seek such exemption. The said application shall be placed before the Additional Registrar Incharge, Filing Counter, who is empowered to decide the same..."
Circular issued by Supreme Court

The circular issued in this regard also states that all cases filed before April 1 this year may be refiled using A4 size or legal size paper. It is also specified that the exemption from using A4 size paper is granted up to June 15 this year.

For filings made through e-filing facility, there will be no exemption from using the A4 size format, the circular also states.

"No exemption will be granted in respect of cases filed through efiling where A4 size paper format shall be compulsory."
Supreme Court circular

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