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Pecuniary mass migration: 12,000 cases to wing it from Delhi high to lower courts

The Delhi high court will soon transfer thousands of cases, mostly related to property disputes, to the district courts of the capital as the President has signed into law a bill which enhances the pecuniary jurisdiction of civil courts, reported PTI.

The Delhi High Court (Amendment) Act,2015 is one of the four bills passed in the monsoon sessions of parliament as reported by Legally India.

The Ministry of Law and Justice had issued a Gazette notification on 11 August, 2015, notifying the Act to the public.

Legally India, has reported exhaustively about the passage of the bill in parliament, which paved way for decongestion of the Delhi high court on 5 August 2015.

PTI also reported that according to an estimate put before the parliamentary committee which examined the bill, there are over 12,000 cases which will stand transferred to the lower courts. Law Minister DV Sadananda Gowda had said that the measure would considerably reduce the workload of the Delhi high court.

“People staying in far-flung areas will also get relief as they won’t have to come to the high court,” he said.

According to section 4 of the Delhi High Court (Amendment) Act, chief justice of Delhi high court has the power to transfer pending suits and proceedings to subordinate courts.

4. The Chief Justice of the High Court of Delhi may transfer any suit or other proceedings which is or are pending in the High Court immediately before the commencement of this Act to such subordinate court in the National Capital Territory of Delhi as would have jurisdiction to entertain such suit or proceedings had such suit or proceedings been instituted or filed for the first time after such commencement.

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