The Lok Sabha on 5 August 2015 passed the Delhi High Court (Amendment) Bill, 2015. The Bill was introduced in Rajya Sabha on 17 February 2014 and was passed by Rajya Sabha on 6 May 2015. The Bill amends the Delhi High Court Act, 1966.
With the passage of the bill in Parliament, the protesting district court lawyers called off their two-week-long strike. The Bill will affect 12211 cases pending in the High Court, according to data cited by the Departmental Standing Committee on Law and Justice.
Provisions of the Delhi High Court (Amendment) Bill, 2015
• It increases the pecuniary jurisdiction of district courts from 20 lakh rupees to 2 crore rupees.
• It proposes that civil suits up to 2 crore rupees will be heard by the 11 district courts in the city instead of the Delhi High Court. Litigants will no longer have to travel to the High Court only.
• It empowers the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court to transfer any pending suit to a relevant subordinate court.
About Pecuniary jurisdiction
Pecuniary jurisdiction refers to the jurisdiction of a court over a suit based on the amount or value of its subject matter. Earlier, the pecuniary jurisdiction of the Delhi high court was 20 lakh rupees.
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What: Passed by Lok Sabha
When: 5 August 2015